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March 9, 1998

ALBERTA BANKS 
Alberta Banks, a retired domestic worker, died Feb. 28 of heart failure at her home. She was 67. Ms. Banks was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include two sisters, Julia Banks of New York City and Fern Moore of Los Angeles. A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home, 3933 Washington Ave. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. 

LORRAINE SCHARFENSTEIN BRACEY 
Lorraine Scharfenstein Bracey, a homemaker, died Saturday at East Jefferson General Hospital. She was 84. Mrs. Bracey was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She attended Newcomb College. She was a member of Metairie Ridge Presbyterian Church. Survivors include two daughters, Ginger B. Williams and Jill B. McAuliffe; a brother, Spencer F. Scharfenstein; and three grandchildren. A funeral will be held Tuesday at noon at All Faiths Funeral Home, 5200 Canal Blvd. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

CLARENCE BROWN SR. 
Clarence Brown Sr., an Army veteran, died Wednesday at Hospice Atlanta in Decatur, Ga. He was 79. Mr. Brown was born and reared in New Orleans and lived
in Chicago the past 40 years. He was a Mason. Survivors include a son, Clarence Brown Jr.; five daughters, Elizabeth Tilman, Patricia Brown and Sandra Brown Alexander of New Orleans, Shirley Brown Moseby of Decatur and Catherine Brown; two brothers, Melburn Bradley of New Orleans and Bobby Brown;   a sister, Vivian Brown Sheltor; and 15 grandchildren. A graveside service was held Friday at Providence Memorial Park in Metairie. Donald Trimble Funeral Home in Decatur handled arrangements. 

VERLIE HOLTON COONER 
Verlie Holton Cooner, a retired nurse, died Friday at her home. She was 98. Mrs. Cooner was born in Amite and lived in New Orleans for many years. She was employed by the U.S. Public Health Services Department at the Marine hospital in New Orleans for 35 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of New Orleans and its Be Active Live Longer club. Survivors include a son, John Marshal Cooner; two sisters, Helen Singleton and Anne Jane Dyson; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of New Orleans, 4301 St. Charles Ave. Visitation will be today from 5 to 9 p.m. Burial will be in Friendship Baptist Church in Amite. 

BETTY J. EARLS 
Betty J. Earls, a homemaker, died Sunday of undetermined causes at Touro Infirmary. She was 49. Mrs. Earls was born in Lake Providence and lived in New Orleans the past 46 years. She was a graduate of George Washington Carver Senior High School. She was a member of the First District Ministers' Wives Club and was president of the Mission Department of Ephesian Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, the Rev. Jesse L. Earls; a daughter, Jestina E. Grimes; six brothers, Arthur, Nathan, Johnathan , Benjamin, James and Freddie Jones; two sisters, Estelle Nelson and Vera Jones; and three grandchildren. A funeral will be held Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Asian Baptist Church, 1400 Sere St. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Dismissal will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. from Ephesian Baptist Church, 4020 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Littlejohn's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

MYRTLE MULLER FLATTMANN 
Myrtle Muller Flattmann, a retired employee of the City of New Orleans, died Saturday at Columbia Lakeland Medical Center. She was 85. Mrs. Flattmann was born in New Orleans and lived at the Easthaven Care Center the past five years. Survivors include a sister, Ethel Curet. A funeral will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home, 3827 Canal St. Visitation will be today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday beginning at 9 a.m. Burial will be in St. Vincent De Paul Mausoleum. 

JAMES W. HILL 
James W. Hill, a building contractor in the commercial-residential construction industry, died Saturday at Dixon Medical Center in Covington. He was 82. Mr. Hill was born in Alex, Okla., and lived in Slidell the past 13 years. He was a World War II Marine veteran. Survivors include two sons, Robert C. Hill of Shreveport and James W. Hill Jr. of Metairie; a daughter, Sammie H. Clay; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Honaker Funeral Home, 1751 Gause Blvd. West. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery. 

ALICE HOYT WATSON JEPPE 
Alice Hoyt Watson Jeppe, a retired nursery school director, died Feb. 18 at University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas. She was 92. Mrs. Jeppe was born in Batesburg, S.C., and lived in Australia for several years, in Oklahoma City from 1940 to 1953, and then in New Orleans for many years before moving to Lubbock in 1991. She graduated from Emerson College in Boston, where she was a member of Zeta Phi Eta sorority, and did graduate studies at Columbia University. In New Orleans, she was director of the St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church Nursery School for many years. She was a member of St. Paul's on the Plains Episcopal Church. Survivors include two sons, Douglas Painton Jeppe Jr. of Washington, D.C., and Arthur Watson Jeppe of Newport Beach, Calif.; a daughter, Covar Jeppe Dabezies; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held Feb. 21 in Lubbock. Resthaven Funeral Home in Lubbock handled arrangements. 

FRANCES LEONHARD LARKIN
Frances Leonhard Larkin, a homemaker, died Feb. 24 in Indianapolis. She was 94. Mrs. Larkin was born in New Orleans and lived in Indianapolis the past 12 years. She was a graduate of Notre Dame de Bon Secours High School. She was a member of the Friends of St. Alphonsus. Survivors include a daughter, Joel Larkin Schmiegel; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. A funeral will be held Monday at noon at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Burial will be in Metairie Cemetery. 

JUANITA BATISTE LEE 
Juanita Batiste Lee, a homemaker, died Wednesday of cancer at her home. She was 74. Mrs. Lee was born in Vacherie and lived in Jefferson Parish for many years. Survivors include five sons, Emile, Leonard, Walter and Henry Favaroth Jr. and the Rev. Harvey Brown; three daughters, Leona F. Stampley, Louise F. Green and Connie F. Reine; two brothers, Edward and Willie Batiste; a sister, Yvonne Pollard; a stepsister, Hattie Dumas; 25 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said Wednesday at 11 a.m. at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 6500 Kawanee Ave., Metairie. Visitation will begin at 9:45 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

JACOB M. MATTIX II 
Jacob M. Mattix II, owner and president of Mattix Cabinet Works, died Friday at East Jefferson General Hospital. He was 84. Mr. Mattix was born in Greenwood, Miss., and lived in New Orleans the past 53 years. He was a member and elder of Oak Park Presbyterian Church. He was a past member of Crescent City Lodge No. 387 F&AM. During World War II, he worked at Higgin's Marine. Survivors include his wife, June Brulet Mattix; two sons, Manson and Paul Mattix; a brother, William W. Mattix; a sister, Julia R. Sturdivant; and five grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 11:30 a.m. at Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home, 3827 Canal St. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in Garden of Memories. 

VICKY MORANT RICHARDSON 
Vicky Morant Richardson, a retired teacher, died Thursday of liver failure at Tulane Medical Center. She was 52. Mrs. Richardson was born in Monroe and lived in New Orleans the past 44 years. She was a graduate of Walter L. Cohen Senior High School and Southern University. She was a member of the Mount Zion United Methodist Church and the Hartzell Circle. Survivors include her husband, Emile J. Richardson; three stepsons, Ron, Torey and Emile Richardson; a stepdaughter, Tara Richardson; her father, Ovalee Morant; her mother, Eloise C. Morant; two brothers, Andre Morant of San Francisco and Herbert H. Wooten; and three sisters, Edwina Wooten Figaro, Johnell Morant and Yolande C. Morant. A funeral will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Mount Zion United Methodist Church, 2700 Louisiana Ave. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

JOHN W. SHIPLEY 
John W. Shipley, a retired truck driver, died Sunday of a heart attack at his home in Norco. He was 73. Mr. Shipley was born in Maryland and lived in Norco the past five years. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include a son, John W. Shipley Jr. of Tyler, Texas; three daughters, Florence ``Bea'' Keller, Dorothy ``Dot'' Grubbs and Linda Fryoux, all of LaPlace; a stepdaughter, Elaine Shipley King of Tyler; a brother, Charles Shipley of Maryland; two sisters, Doris Smith of Maryland and Dot Shipley of Florida; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be held today at 2 p.m. at Port Hudson National Cemetery. Alexander Funeral Home is in change of arrangements. 

JUNE SMITH 
June Smith, a retired employee of Microdyne Corp. in Ocala, Fla., died Saturday of cancer at her home in River Ridge. She was 73. Mrs. Smith was born in Elkhart, Ind., and lived in Ocala before moving to River Ridge two years ago. She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary Post No. 8030 in Belle View, Fla. Survivors include two sons, Tom Smith of San Francisco and Michael Smith of Ocala; two daughters, Sunday Smith of Ocala and Bridget Smith Mancuso; a sister, Connie Wally of Rochester, Ind.; and six grandchildren. Services will be private. Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

VERNA LEGENDRE VICARI 
Verna Legendre Vicari, a homemaker, died Saturday at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. She was 80. Mrs. Vicari was a lifelong resident of Pontchatoula. She was a past president of Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary Post No. 7307 in Marrero. Survivors include her husband, Vincent Paul Vicari; a brother, Sammie Legendre; and three sisters, Alfia Berey of Hapeville, Ga., Daisy Grimes and Nelvis Harper. A Mass will be said today at 1 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pontchatoula. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home in Pontchatoula. Burial will be in Pontchatoula Cemetery. 

May 15, 1998

Ernest ``Red'' Albert Jr., a retired worker in the gas distribution center of NOPSI Entergy in New Orleans, died Monday of complications from stomach cancer at Tulane Medical Center. He was 64. Mr. Albert was a native of Hester and lived in Lutcher for 44 years. Survivors include his wife, Mary Lee Johnson Albert; his father, Ernest Albert Sr. of Paulina; three daughters, Carolyn Kennedy of Vacherie, and Marilyn Scott and Czedra Dallencort of Lutcher; seven brothers, Larry Albert Sr., Eldrin Albert Sr., Lionel Albert, Gary Albert, the Rev. Nolan Albert and Bernard Albert, all of Paulina, and Raymond Albert Sr. of Lutcher; four sisters, Annie Mae Davis of Paulina, Ethel Mae Jenkins of Gramercy and Elaine Foster and Diane Albert of Reserve; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Evergreen Baptist Church in Paulina. Visitation will begin Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery. Brazier Watson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Alice Mae Alexander, a homemaker, died Wednesday of kidney failure at Lakeland Medical Center. She was 59. Mrs. Alexander was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a member of the St. Paul Spiritual Divine Church of Christ. Survivors include a son, Allie Alexander; five daughters, Verlinda Smith, Kimmie, Andrea, Adrienne and Almegia Alexander; a stepdaughter, Mary Annette Robinson; two brothers, Adam and Eddie Brown III; three sisters, Edwina Brown Smith, Mary Ann Robinson and June Brown Jackson; and 10 grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. at St. Paul Spiritual Divine Church of Christ, 3320 Washington Ave. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Dorothy Lawless Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Janie T. Butler, a homemaker, died Sunday of complications from diabetes at North Oaks Hospital in Hammond. She was 89. Mrs. Butler was a lifelong resident of Greensburg. She was a member of Pipkin Chapel A.M.E. where she was a member of the Women's Missionary Society and Stewardess Board No. 1, and was church secretary for more than 30 years. Survivors include a daughter, Sadie B. Knighten of Greensburg; two sons, Louis Butler of Los Angeles and Truman Butler Sr. of New Orleans; two sisters, Nellie Mae T. Taplin of LaPlace and Clara T. Butler; two brothers, Calvin Butler Jr. of Baton Rouge and Hollis Tucker of Chicago; 25 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at noon at Pipkin Chapel A.M.E. in Greensburg. A wake will be held today from 6 to 9 p.m. at Fraternal Funeral Home in Clinton. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Maude Johnson Cambre, a retired registered nurse at Charity Hospital, died Wednesday at Metairie Health Care Center. She was 91. Mrs. Cambre was born in Lecompte and lived in Kenner for the past 40 years. She was a graduate of the Charity Hospital School of Nursing. She was also a parishioner of St. Lawrence the Martyr Catholic Church. Survivors include a son, Wayne J. Cambre; a daughter, Patricia C. James; a brother, Leonard Johnson; three sisters, Esther Keith, Margaret Stafford and Audrey Doherty; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at 11 a.m. at L.A. Muhleisen & Son Funeral Home, 2607 Williams Blvd in Kenner. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Garden of Memories.

Josephine Wright Carter, a homemaker, died Tuesday at her home. She was 75. Mrs. Carter was born in Woodville, Miss., and lived in Jefferson Parish for the past 43 years. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, James Carter; a brother, Moses Wright; and two sisters, Rosalie Bateast and Juanita Clark. A funeral will be held today at 8 p.m. at St. John Baptist Church No. 3, 8540 Panola St. Dismissal will be Saturday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Cedar Rest Cemetery in Woodville. Dorothy Lawless Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Barbara Katherine Eskine, a homemaker, died Sunday of heart disease at her home. She was 53. Mrs. Eskine was born in New Orleans and lived in St. Rose for the past year. She was a graduate of East Jefferson High School. She was a member of the Crescent City Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Donald A. Eskine Sr.; two sons, Damon M. and Donald A. Eskine Jr.; a brother, Robert Hepburn; and a sister, Ronalyn A. Crain. A funeral will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Crescent City Baptist Church, 2701 Transcontinental Dr. L.A. Muhleisen & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Wilson ``Longline'' Fisher Jr., a laborer, died Wednesday of undetermined causes at his home. He was 46. Mr. Fisher was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was a former employee of Pepsi Bottling Co. Survivors include five sisters, Rebecca Johnson of Los Angeles and Geraldine Shorts, Althea Foster, Josephine Harris and Minerva Davis. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Majestic Mortuary, 1833 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

Morris Fox, a retired longshoreman, died Monday of a heart attack at Memorial Medical Center. He was 72. Mr. Fox was born in Torras and lived in New Orleans for the past 50 years. He was a member of the Greater Macedonia Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Marie Fox; seven sons, Morris Jr., Michael, Donald, Cecil, Keith, Ernest Lee and Maurice Fox; six daughters, Barbara James, Paula, Fayette, Pamela, Odessa and Stacy Fox; 21 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Greater Macedonia Baptist Church, 2711 Danneel St. Visitation will begin at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Gertrude Geddes-Willis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Andrew Gayden Jr., a construction worker for Professional Construction Co., died Sunday of cancer at his home. He was 52. Mr. Gayden was born in Pike County, Miss., and lived in Harvey for the past 10 years. He was a member of the International Labor Union Local No. 689. Survivors include his wife, Debra Gayden; three sons, Kentaz Gayden and James and Andrew Ricks; two daughters, Katrina Brown and Trenish Gayden; a stepson, Chad Howard; two stepdaughters, Nadjh Sykes and Qianai Haywood; eight sisters, Ida Winchester, Hilda Gayden, Leatha Bassett, Amanda Taylor, Lula Wilson, Ruth Ealey, Katie Brown and Johnnie Gayden; and 11 grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Second Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Sorrento. Visitation will be from 8 to 9:45 a.m. at D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home, 3933 Washington Ave. Burial will be in Community Baptist Church Cemetery in Brittany.

Merrick ``Mac'' Hollis, an employee of Corrigated Inc. Service Co., drowned Saturday in Texas. He was 31. Mr. Hollis was born in New Orleans and lived in Terrell, Texas, for the past 12 years. He was a graduate of Southwestern Christian College. He was a member of the Westend Church of Christ. Survivors include his wife, Dorthea Hollis; a son, Raymond May; a daughter, Daphine May; his mother, Freida Hollis of New Orleans; two sisters, Georeida Hollis and Megan Burnett; and his grandparents, Shirley Jones and Theodore Johnson. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Southwestern Christian College in Terrell. Burial will be in New Oak Cemetery in Terrell. Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sylvester James, a tile fitter, died Tuesday of a heart attack at Charity Hospital. He was 71. Mr. James was born in St. Francisville and lived in New Orleans for many years. He was a member of St. James Chapel Baptist Church. Survivors include a son, Kenneth James; six daughters, Tiffany James, Zelda Cains, Beatrice Keasley, Cynthia Francis, Linda Flot and Gwendolyn Reado; two stepsons, Thernell and Brian Maye; a stepdaughter, Shenetta Maye; and a brother, Herman Netters. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at James Chapel Baptist Church, 4228 Thalia St. Visitation will begin Saturday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Dorothy Lawless Mortuary is in charge of arrangements

Lillian Snaer Jolissaint, a homemaker and gardener, died Sunday at Memorial Medical Center. She was 106. Mrs. Jolissaint was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. In 1991, a Mass was said at St. Louis Cathedral in honor of her 100th birthday. Survivors include three daughters, Selonie J. Scott, Dorothy J. Head and Marie J. Durette; 10 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at 11 a.m. at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 2022 St. Bernard Ave. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

James Lee Johnson, a hod carrier for A&W Masonry Service, drowned March 22 while fishing in the Mississippi River. He was 47. Mr. Johnson was born in Greenville, Miss., and lived in Algiers for many years. He attended L.B. Landry High School. Survivors include his father, James Thomas; his foster mother, Margie Canda; three brothers, Henry Allen of Cleveland, Cecil Alexander and Shelly Thomas; and two sisters, Geraldine Dunlap and Betty Carter, both of Chicago. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Murray Henderson Funeral Home, 1209 Teche St. Visitation will begin Saturday at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Norbert Cemetery in Algiers.

Dolores Petersen Kettler, a homemaker, died April 21 of a gunshot wound at her home in Illinois. She was 41. Mrs. Kettler was born in Arabi and lived in Belleville, Ill., for the past 16 years. She was a graduate of Andrew Jackson High School. Survivors include her mother, Dolores D. Petersen; four brothers, Anthony B., Donald S., Patrick J. and Daniel A. Petersen III; and a sister, Danielle P. Siemann. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 3300 Jupiter St. Visitation will begin at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in St. Bernard Memorial Gardens. St. Bernard Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Nichole Marie Kettler, a student, died April 21 of a gunshot wound at her home in Belleville, Ill. She was 11. Miss Kettler was a lifelong resident of Belleville. Survivors include her grandparents, Dolores D. Petersen and Kenneth and Rose Kettler. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 3300 Jupiter St., Chalmette. Visitation will begin at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in St. Bernard Memorial Gardens. St. Bernard Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Noele Michelle Kettler, a student, died April 21 of a gunshot wound at her home in Belleville, Ill. She was 7. Miss Kettler was a lifelong resident of Belleville. Survivors include her grandparents, Dolores D. Petersen and Kenneth and Rose Kettler. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 3300 Jupiter St., Chalmette. Visitation will begin at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in St. Bernard Memorial Gardens. St. Bernard Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Herman Lacey Jr., a painter, died Monday of a heart attack in Avondale. He was 32. Mr. Lacey was born in New Orleans and lived in Avondale. He was a graduate of Port Barre High School. Survivors include his mother, Mary Glover; his father, Herman Lacey Sr. of Flint, Mich.; a sister, Brenda Marie Lacey; and his grandparents, Ola Holloway of Napoleonville and Isaiah Lacey of Donaldsonville. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Estelle J. Wilson Funeral Home, 2715 Danneel St. Visitation will begin at 8:30 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

Cherrie ``Pen'' Joseph Lathan died May 7 of heart failure at University Hospital. He was 32. Mr. Lathan was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was a graduate of George Washinton Carver Sr. High School. Survivors include a daughter, Nicole Sterling; his father, Theophile J. Francis Jr.; his mother, Wylie Mae Smith; two brothers, Alika A. and Michael R. Lathan Jr.; his stepfather, Michael R. Lathan; and his grandmother, Fannie M. Smith. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Lower Light Baptist Church, 4422 Ray Ave. Visitation will begin Saturday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Salvation Baptist Church Cemetery in Slidell. Majestic Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Yvonne Margaret Ledet, a homemaker, died Sunday of a heart attack at her home. She was 70. Mrs. Ledet was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include a brother, Wilbert Ledet, and two sisters, Geraldine Ledet and Veronica Miles. A funeral will be held Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at Charbonnet-Labat Funeral Home, 1615 St. Philip St. Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Holt Cemetery.

Earl LeViege Jr., a cab driver, died Monday of a heart attack at his home. He was 40. Mr. LeViege was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was a graduate of Texas Southern University. He was a member of the Gethsemene Church of God in Christ and the church's prison ministry. He also was a merchant marine. Survivors include his father, Earl LeViege Sr.; his mother, Almeta Luter LeViege; two brothers, Bradford LeViege of San Bernardino, Calif., and Kenneth LeViege; and a sister, Patricia LeViege Daniels of San Bernardino. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. James Methodist Church, 1925 Ursuline Ave. Visitation will be today from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Gaskin Tilly Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Byrain May, a student at Terrell High School in Terrell, Texas, drowned Saturday in Texas. He was 17 and a lifelong resident of Terrell. Survivors include his mother, Dorthea Hollis; a brother, Raymond May; a sister, Daphine May; and his grandmother, Freida Hollis of New Orleans. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Southwestern Christian College in Terrell. Burial will be in New Oak Cemetery in Terrell. Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Estelle Juliet Savoie Musso, a retired employee of the Maison Blanche department stores customer service department, died Tuesday at Chalmette Medical Center. She was 81. Mrs. Musso was born in New Orleans and lived in Chalmette for the past 42 years. She was a former employee of Southern Tours. Survivors include four daughters, Charlotte Spurlock, Susan Hamilton, Janet Yotcoski and Janice Finnorn; a sister, Verna White; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 11 a.m. at St. Bernard Memorial Funeral Home, 701 W. Virtue St., Chalmette. A Mass will follow at our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church, 2320 Paris Road, Chalmette. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

Vivian L. Papia, a retired homemaker, died Tuesday of complications from cancer at East Jefferson General Hospital. She was 75. Mrs. Papia was born in Napoleonville and lived in the New Orleans area for the past 74 years. She was a past president of the Metairie American Legion Post No. 175 Ladies Auxiliary and a member of the St. Bernard Salon of the Eight and Forty where she was a past chapeau, a past Dupartmental de Louisiane chapeau and a past Chapeau of the Southern U.S. Region. Survivors include two sons, James J. and Vincent Papia Jr.; a daughter, Catherine J. Papia; a sister, Juliette Verhein; a brother, Lloyd P. Labit; and four grandchildren. A Mass will be said Saturday at 10 a.m. at Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 4747 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Visitation will be today from 7 to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

Carey Joseph Pierre, an employee of the Housing Authority of New Orleans, died Monday of a gunshot wound in the 2800 block of Magnolia Street. He was 25. Mr. Pierre was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was a graduate of John F. Kennedy Senior High School and Louisiana Technical Colleges' Sidney N. Collier campus, and attended Southern University of New Orleans. He was a member of the Magnificent Magnolia Men's Social Club and the Petty A.M.E. Zion Choir. Survivors include his wife, Darya Mason-Pierre; a daughter, Darinique Carianna Pierre; his father, Alex Pierre Jr.; his mother, Vera Kerry-Pierre; two brothers, Alexander and Steven Pierre; and a sister, Ebony Pierre. A funeral will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Magee's Funeral Home, 2141 Washington Ave. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

Freda Dresner Polson, a homemaker, died Thursday at Woldenberg Living Centre. She was 99. Mrs. Polson was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. A graduate of Sophie Wright High School, she was a member of Temple Sinai and the National Council of Jewish Women. She volunteered at the Veterans Administration Hospital. Survivors include a daughter, Pat P. Fine of Miami; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at noon at Temple Sinai, 6227 St. Charles Ave. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Hebrew Rest Mausoleum. Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Tracy ``Tim'' Smith, a student at Walter S. Cohen Sr. High School, died Saturday of a gunshot wound in the Guste housing complex. He was 18. Mr. Smith was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include his father, Joseph Smith; two brothers, Kentrell and Joseph Smith Jr.; four sisters, Joann, Lanell, Stacy and Lolita Smith; and his grandparents, Rosie Davis and Joseph Williams. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Majestic Mortuary, 1833 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. Visitation will begin Saturday at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

Eugenia Weil, a retired teacher, died Wednesday at her home. She was 84. Mrs. Weil was born in Napoleonville and lived in New Orleans for the past 70 years. She taught at Thomy Lafon Elementary School. She volunteered for the American Red Cross more than 30 years and for New Orleans public schools after her retirement. She was a deaconess at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Survivors include two sons, Gerald Williams and Ernest Pettigrew; three daughters, Sedonia Williams, Maureen Weil and Elise Pettigrew; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1823 Washington Ave. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery.


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