Miscellaneous Orleans Parish, Louisiana Obituaries - 1998

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April 29, 1998

L. Nadine Atteberry Bass, a homemaker, died April 18 at Greenbriar Nursing Home in Slidell. She was 80. Mrs. Bass was born in Waurika, Okla., and lived in Slidell. She was a retired employee of Halliburton Co. in Duncan, Okla. Survivors include two sons, Theo Montgomery Bass of Dermott, Ark., and Harold D. Bass; a daughter, Barbara Bass Walker of McComb, Miss.; five sisters, Voncille Winter and Ruth Dunn of Midwest City, Okla., Bonnie Atteberry of Iowa, Nell King of Beeville, Texas, and Edna Ward of Douglas, Texas; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. A funeral was held April 21 at First Baptist Church in Waurika. Burial was in Waurika Cemetery. Willis C. Worley & Son Funeral Home in Waurika and Honaker Funeral Home in Slidell handled arrangements.

Elmer John Caruso Sr., a retired streetcar conductor and scheduler for New Orleans Public Service Inc., died Tuesday of heart failure at East Jefferson General Hospital. He was 75. Mr. Caruso was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was an Army Air Force veteran of World War II and a member of the Krewe of Thoth. Survivors include two sons, Louis and Elmer J. Caruso Jr.; five daughters, Pamela C. Chauff, Patricia C. Ricou, Deborah C. Amiss, Susan C. Simoneau and Cindy Caruso; two sisters, Laura C. Klein and Blanche C. Dubuisson; 14 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. A Mass will be said today at 1:30 p.m. at P.J. McMahon & Sons Funeral Home, 4800 Canal St. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Jefferson Memorial Gardens in St. Rose.

Irma Lee Nealy Copper, a teacher at Charles J. Colton Junior High School, died Friday of cancer at her home. She was 58. Mrs. Copper was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She graduated from Walter L. Cohen High School and Southern University and received a master's degree from Southeastern Louisiana University. She was named 1997 teacher of the year at Colton. She was a member of Peck United Methodist Church, where she was chairwoman of the Education Department, president of the choir and secretary of the Administrative Council. She was a member of the B-Sharp Choir, the Methodist Connection Choir and Eta Phi Beta sorority. She also was a member of Ruby E. Williams Auxiliary of Phyllis Chapter, Heroines of Jericho Griseldam Court No. 134, Jericho Court No. 36 of the Order of Cyrene and Vera Cruz Chapter No. 165 of the Order of Eastern Star, Prince Hall Affiliation. Survivors include her husband, Vincent R. Copper Sr.; two sons, Vladimir E. and Vincent R. Copper Jr.; two daughters, Dushon V. and Dwanda N. Copper; four brothers, Edward S., Charles J., Elson B. and Warren J. Nealy; three sisters, Juanita N. Jackson, Yvonne Nealy and Albertha N. Lewis; and five grandchildren. A wake will be held Thursday at 8 p.m. at Peck United Methodist Church, 3631 Washington Ave. Visitation will begin Thursday at 6 p.m. A funeral will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Calvin J. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Genie Nelson Batiste Julien Darby, a food service employee of the New Orleans public school system, died Friday of undetermined causes at her home. She was 39. Mrs. Darby was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a member of Old Pathway Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Archie L. Darby; two sons, Denzel N. Darby and Edwin D. Batiste; a daughter, BrittaneyJulien; a brother, James A. Nelson; and two sisters, Bridgette D. and Sylvia A. Nelson. A funeral will be held today at 10 a.m. at Old Pathway Baptist Church, 1908 Alabo St. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Tharp-Sontheimer-Laudumiey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jenny Olsen Everett, a retired mathematics teacher, died Monday at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, N.M. She was 86. Mrs. Everett was born in Mobile, Ala., and lived in New Orleans for 74 years. She was a graduate of Sophie B. Wright High School, Newcomb College and Tulane University. She taught at McMain, Wright, Walter L. Cohen and Benjamin Franklin high schools. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, the Crippled Children's Hospital Guild, the Vestry and Altar Guild of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church and the Women's Auxiliary of Touro Infirmary. Survivors include two sons, Peter Everett IV of Albuquerque and John Olsen Everett of Slidell; a daughter, Eugenie Everett McCloskey of New Orleans; a sister, Sigrid Olsen Bugbee of Metairie; 11 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. A funeral will be held Thursday at noon at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Visitation will begin Thursday at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Metairie Cemetery.

James Edward Kane Sr., a former social worker in McComb, Miss., died Friday of heart failure at Lacombe Nursing Centre. He was 68. Mr. Kane was born in Alexandria, Va., and lived in Miami and McComb before moving to Slidell six years ago. He graduated from Mississippi State University and received a master's degree from Tulane University. Survivors include his wife, Kathryn Lucille Reed Kane; a son, James Edward Kane Jr.; two daughters, Angela Cahill and Rebecca Guy; a brother, Charles Kane; two sisters, Betty Rivillo of Philadelphia and Dorothy Kane of Venice, Fla.; and two grandchildren. A memorial service was held Sunday at Faith Church in Slidell. Honaker Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Julia Carson Kostmayer, a homemaker, died Saturday of Lou Gehrig's disease at her home in Key West, Fla. She was 82. Mrs. Kostmayer was born in Fayette, Mo., and lived in New Orleans for seven years and in Solebury, Pa., for 30 years before moving to Key West. She was a member of the New Hope-Solebury Free Library and St. Philip's Guild. Survivors include her husband, John Kostmayer; three sons, Roger C. Kostmayer of Baltimore, Peter Kostmayer of Solebury and Kos Kostmayer of Vicksburg, Miss.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Thursday at St. Philip's Chapel in New Hope, Pa. Burial will be in Trinity Episcopal Church in Solebury.

Marjorie Tacke Luening, a retired dental receptionist, died Monday of cancer at Ochsner Foundation Hospital. She was 77. Mrs. Luening was a lifelong resident of Jefferson. She was a member of St. Matthew Church of Christ. Survivors include a stepdaughter, Betty Mae Cimo; a sister, Elizabeth Tacke Guidry; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. A funeral will be held today at 12:30 p.m. at Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 4747 Veterans Memorial Blvd. in Metairie. Burial will be in Carrollton Cemetery.

Fay Baxter Reboul, a retired real estate sales associate, died Sunday of undetermined causes at Ochsner Foundation Hospital. She was 74. Mrs. Reboul was born in New Orleans and lived in Metairie for many years. Survivors include a son, Walter E. Reboul; two daughters, Linda R. Harrison and Rebie R. Levingston; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. A Mass will be said today at 1 p.m. at Lamana-Panno-Fallo Funeral Home, 1717 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Visitation will begin at noon. Burial will be in Hope Mausoleum.

Violet Feazel Sanchez, a homemaker, died Sunday at JoEllen Smith Convalescent Center. She was 79. Mrs. Sanchez was born in West Monroe and lived in New Orleans for the past 3 1/2 years. She was a parishioner of Jesus the Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Monroe. Survivors include a son, John E. Sanchez Jr. of Salt Lake City; three daughters, Diane Claypool, Kay Sanchez and Debra Smith; a sister, Barbara Feazel; and four grandchildren. A funeral was held Tuesday at Mulhearn Funeral Home in Monroe. Burial was in Mulhearn Memorial Gardens. Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home handled local arrangements.

Clare ``Pat'' Lamothe Pauli Shean, a retired burn specialist nurse, died Sunday at Memorial Medical Center. She was 75. Ms. Shean was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a member of the American Association of Retired Persons and a former member of the Krewe of Iris. Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Pauli Grady and Gayle Pauli Chapman; two sisters, Genie Lamothe Jordan and Terry Lamothe Hilty; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at 11 a.m. at Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 4747 Veterans Memorial Blvd. in Metairie. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

Melody Aulenise Smith died Friday of heart disease at Children's Hospital. She was 2 and lived in New Orleans. Survivors include her mother, Rhonda Lenise Smith; her father, Melvin Augusta Doucette Jr.; a brother, Melvin Augusta Doucette III; and her grandparents, Cynthia Smith, Ernest Colbert Jr. and Mary and Melvin Doucette Sr. A funeral will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 1222 N. Dorgenois St. Visitation will begin Thursday at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park. Calvin J. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Eunice K. Torrence, a homemaker, died Monday of cancer at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Madison, Miss. She was 74. Mrs. Torrence was born in New Orleans and lived in Madison for the past 23 years. She was a parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and a member of its Lads and Lassies group, the New Comers Club and two bowling leagues. Survivors include her husband, Ray Torrence; three sons, Ray Torrence Jr. of La Vergne, Tenn., Keith Torrence of Kenner and Bryan Torrence of Brandon, Miss.; a daughter, Charlotte Jordan of Houma; and seven grandchildren. A Mass will be said Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Madison. Visitation will be today from 5 to 8 p.m., with recitation of the rosary at 8 p.m., at Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home in Ridgeland, Miss. Burial will be in Parkway Memorial Cemetery.

Christopher Adam White, a laborer, died Friday of gunshot wounds in the 7700 block of North Coronet Court. He was 20. Mr. White was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include his father, Melvin White Sr.; his mother, Paula Lucky Boyd; his stepfather, Rodney R. Boyd Sr.; his stepmother, Charleita White; two brothers, Jermaine Lucky and Melvin White Jr.; three stepbrothers, Christopher, Kenneth and Melvin White III, all of Mobile, Ala.; four stepsisters, Zemeliva, Meleisha, Deneisha and Shacarium White; his grandparents, Arbell Coleman of West Virginia and Paul and Bernice Lucky; and his great-grandfather, William Webster Rhynes of Greensboro, Ala. A wake will be held Thursday at 8 p.m. at Littlejohn's Funeral Home, 8033 Chef Menteur Highway. Visitation will begin Thursday at 6 p.m. Dismissal will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at St. James Baptist Church in Marion, Ala. Burial will be in Heard Cemetery in Marion.

Dorothy Williams, a homemaker, died Friday of heart failure at St. Claude Medical Center. She was 76. Mrs. Williams was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a graduate of McDonogh No. 35 High School. Survivors include her husband, Albert Williams; four sons, Claude, Leroy, Peter and Albert Williams Jr.; four daughters, Yvonne Brown, Juanita Sims, Veronica Gresham and Ivory Williams; 29 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said Thursday at 10 a.m. at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 2022 St. Bernard Ave. Visitation will begin Thursday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

April 30, 1998

JANICE PARKER BAILEY

Janice Parker Bailey, a homemaker, died Sunday of undetermined causes at St. Charles General Hospital. She was 62. Mrs. Bailey was born in Bogalusa and lived in New Orleans for many years. She was a member of Austerlitz Street Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Alvin D. Bailey Sr.; a son, Alvin D. Bailey Jr.; a daughter, Denithea Harrison; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Friday at 8 p.m. at Austerlitz Street Baptist Church, 819 Austerlitz St. Visitation will begin Friday at 5 p.m. Dismissal will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Restlawn Park in Avondale. Majestic Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

ARTHUR C. BRITTON SR.

Arthur C. Britton Sr., a delivery man for Pelican Ice, died Monday at his home. He was 75. Mr. Britton was born in Deponent, Ark., and lived in New Orleans for the past 74 years. He graduated from Francis T. Nicholls High School. He was a Marine Corps veteran and was awarded the Purple Heart. Survivors include his companion, Beverly Langlinais; three sons, Henry, Robert and Arthur Britton Jr.; three daughters, Vivian B. Piergalski, Jeanette B. Lusich and Peggy Britton; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Services are private. Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

DOLORES B. BROOKS

Dolores B. Brooks, a retired cook, died April 23 at her home. She was 88. Mrs. Brooks was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include a daughter, Yvonne B. Lawson, two grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Friday at noon at Calvin J. Young Funeral Home, 2512 La Salle St. Visitation will begin Friday at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Holt Cemetery.

GERTIE ORGERON CHAMPAGNE

Gertie Orgeron Champagne, a homemaker, died Tuesday of heart failure at West Jefferson Medical Center. She was 83. Mrs. Champagne was born in Des Allemands and lived in Gretna for the past 46 years. Survivors include a son, Clarence J. Champagne Jr.; a daughter, Carol C. Hock; a sister, Daisy Porche; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at 1 p.m. at Mothe Funeral Home, 2100 West Bank Expressway in Harvey. Burial will be in McDonoghville Cemetery in Gretna.

BRIAN CHRISTOPHER ALLEN `CHANCE' COSTANZA

Brian Christopher Allen ``Chance'' Costanza, a worker at a car wash, died Sunday at Columbia Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington of injuries suffered in a traffic accident. He was 17. Mr. Costanza was born in Marrero and lived in Covington for the past five years. He attended Covington High School. Survivors include his father, Gary Paul Costanza; his mother, Patricia Cobb Costanza; a brother, Gary Paul Costanza Jr.; a sister, Norma Marie Costanza; and his grandparents, Jane Pitre Costanza, Howard Gene and Maxine Coe. A Mass will be said today at 1 p.m. at Westside Funeral Home, 5101 West Bank Expressway in Marrero. Visitation will begin today at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Restlawn Park in Avondale.

RONALD ELLIS

Ronald Ellis died Friday of a heart attack at West Jefferson Medical Center. He was 46. Mr. Ellis was born in New Orleans and lived in Jefferson Parish for the past two years. Survivors include two sons, Rohman and Ronald Coston Jr.; a daughter, Valarie Coston; his father, Wilbert Ellis; six brothers, Lawrence and Allen Jones, Alfred Jackson and Roland, Corey and Wilbert Ellis; and a sister, Doris Ellis Young. A funeral will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Louisiana Undertaking Co., 1449 N. Claiborne Ave. Visitation will begin Friday at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

MARGIE ENCALADE

Margie Encalade, a homemaker, died Tuesday of congestive heart failure at Ferncrest Manor Nursing Home. She was 68. Mrs. Encalade was a lifelong resident of Bertrandville. Survivors include her husband, Clarence Encalade; two sons, Carl and Don Encalade; four daughters, Toni Encalade of Long Beach, Calif., Sheryl Bennett, and Trudy and Denise Encalade; her father, Richard Sanders; four brothers, Fred, Errol Sr., Nolan and Alvin Sanders Sr.; three sisters, Bernice Barthe, Delores Middleton and Norma Pradia; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Pointe a la Hache. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home, 3933 Washington Ave., and Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

VIRGINIA ALLISON `GINGER' JOHNSON

Virginia Allison ``Ginger'' Johnson, a homemaker, died Sunday of cancer at NorthShore Regional Medical Center. She was 59. Mrs. Johnson was born in Frankfort, Ky., and lived in Slidell for the past 16 years. Survivors include her husband, Thomas B. Johnson; a son, Donald W. Ritter; a daughter, Theresa R. McCarter of Lakeside, Calif.; a brother, Richard L. Thomas of Leesburg, Va.; a sister, Cynthia Jane Thomas of Staunton, Va.; and four grandchildren. Visitation will be today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Honaker Funeral Home, 1751 Gause Blvd. West in Slidell. A funeral will be held Saturday at Colonial Funeral Home in Leesburg. Burial will be in Union Cemetery in Leesburg.

CHRISTOPHER ERNEST LOCKETT

Christopher Ernest Lockett, a laborer, hanged himself April 22 in the St. Bernard Parish Jail. He was 23. Mr. Lockett was born in New Orleans and lived there most of his life. He graduated from Thibodaux High School. Survivors include his fiancee, Iuanna Arnold; his father, Edward Lockett Sr.; his mother, Mary Reynolds Lockett; four brothers, David T. Lockett of Fayetteville, N.C., Darrell J. Lockett of Livingston, Ala., and Michael and Edward Lockett Jr.; three sisters, Angie Sepulveda, Cheryl Alexander and Lisa Edgerson; and his grandparents, Rosaline and Elvin Lockett Sr. A funeral will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Brooks United Methodist Church, 4000 Buchanan St. Visitation will begin Friday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Mausoleum. Littlejohn's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

ROBERTA A. THEOBOLD MUELLER

Roberta A. Theobold Mueller, a homemaker, died Tuesday of heart failure at Meadowcrest Hospital. She was 85. Mrs. Mueller was born in New Orleans and lived in Terrytown for the past 20 years. Survivors include three sons, Walter P., Ernest E. and Masmenio P. Mueller Jr.; three daughters, Dorothy Caldarera, JoAnn Alleman and Roberta Polito; three brothers, Donald, Lawrence and Ferdinand Theobold; two sisters, Dolores Bruno and Olga Caillouette; 22 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at 11 a.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church, 2106 Deerfield Road in Terrytown. Burial will be in Westlawn Memorial Park. Mothe Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

MADONNA CHAPUT O'SHEA

Madonna Chaput O'Shea, a retired employee of South Central Bell Telephone Co., died Monday of cancer at Columbia Lakeview Regional Medical Center. She was 71. Mrs. O'Shea was born in Concordia, Kan., and lived in New Orleans before moving to Mandeville 15 years ago. She was a member of the Bell South Telephone Pioneers Life Member Club. Survivors include her husband, L.F. ``Dutch'' O'Shea; three sons, Joseph M. O'Shea of New Orleans, John T. O'Shea of Denver and Patrick S. O'Shea; two daughters, Kelly Porcari of Lima, Peru, and Cathy Lapeyrouse; her stepmother, Helen Chaput; a brother, Gary Chaput of St. Louis; a sister, Judy Chaput; and seven grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at noon at Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 1501 W. Causeway Approach in Mandeville. Visitation will begin at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Pinecrest Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. E.J. Fielding Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

EMILE EDWARD `BRO' PIERCE

Emile Edward ``Bro'' Pierce, a retired U.S. Public Health Service nurse, died April 22 of respiratory failure at Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was 77. Mr. Pierce was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was an Army veteran. Survivors include two sons, Robert E. Pierce Sr. of Los Angeles and Thaddeus Pierce Sr.; two daughters, Dianne Pierce and Glennis Johnson; two sisters, Juanita Pierce and Geniva Dorville; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at Estelle J. Wilson Mortuary, 2715 Danneel St. Visitation will begin Saturday at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

THE REV. JAMES S. ROWE

The Rev. James S. Rowe, a car salesman and minister, died Tuesday of cancer at Chateau Living Center in Kenner. He was 48. The Rev. Rowe was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He graduated from Walter L. Cohen High School and Loyola University. He was a former news reporter for WWL-TV in New Orleans and KPLC-TV in Lake Charles. He was a member of Progressive Baptist Church and an ordained minister at Beulah Baptist Church. Survivors include a son, James Rowe III; three daughters, Fitima, Tamara M. and Henri Rowe; his mother, Henri M. Woodfin; a brother, Alphonse W. Rowe of San Diego; and two grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at noon at Progressive Baptist Church, 1214 S. Robertson St. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Estelle J. Wilson Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

THELMA CAMPFIELD SPRIGGINS

Thelma Campfield Spriggins, a homemaker, died Tuesday of kidney failure at Columbia Lakeland Medical Center. She was 85. Mrs. Spriggins was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She attended Albert Wicker and Marigny schools. She was a former beautician and private-duty nurse. Survivors include two sons, William Spriggins Jr. and Willie Collins; a sister, Viola Jackson; 12 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home, 1716 N. Claiborne Ave. Visitation will begin Friday at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

WINNIE MAE TROSCLAIR

Winnie Mae Trosclair, a retired homemaker, died Tuesday at Conva Rest Home in Hattiesburg, Miss. She was 91. Mrs. Trosclair was born in Mississippi and lived in New Orleans for 70 years before moving to Madden, Miss. Survivors include a brother, Lester Callahan of Shady Grove, Miss. A graveside service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Antioch United Methodist Church Cemetery in Jones County, Miss. Visitation will be Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Memory Chapel Funeral Home in Laurel, Miss.

ROBERT H. TRUFANT JR.

Robert H. Trufant Jr., a retired longshoreman, died Tuesday at Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital. He was 78. Mr. Trufant was born in Ironton and lived in New Orleans for the past 60 years. He was an Army veteran. Survivors include his wife, Clementine Breaux Trufant; a son, Robert Trufant III; two daughters, Lumena Scott and Maria E. Placey; two brothers, Melvin and James Trufant; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said Friday at 11 a.m. at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, 7300 Crowder Blvd. Visitation will begin Friday at 10 a.m. Burial will be in St. John Cemetery Crematory. Lockett Federal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

EDDIE WATSON SR.

Eddie Watson Sr., a police officer, died April 22 of heart failure at JoEllen Smith Regional Medical Center. He was 50. Mr. Watson was born in Tallulah and lived in New Orleans for the past 49 years. He graduated from Loyola University and was an Army veteran. He was chief of the security police for the 926th Fighter Wing at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Belle Chasse. He was a former officer in the New Orleans Police Department's Detective Division and the Harbor Police. Survivors include his wife, Gwendolyn Watson; two sons, Eddie Watson Jr. of Seattle and Christopher Watson; a daughter, Christina Watson; two stepsons, Johnny and Darrick Brasley; his mother, Inez Watson Harris of Tallulah; three brothers, Sterling Wheeler of New Hampshire, Thomas Harris of Grand Prairie, Texas, and Donald Segnette; three sisters, Elaine McCray and Hazel Reed, both of Tallulah, and Katherine Coleman; and five grandchildren. A funeral will be held Friday at noon at Morning Star Baptist Church, 3124 Florida Ave. Visitation will begin Friday at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

BERTNEY `BERT' JOHN WEBER

Bertney ``Bert'' John Weber, retired owner of American Assurance Association, a Metairie insurance agency, died Wednesday of cancer at his home. He was 77. Mr. Weber was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He graduated from Jesuit High School and was a chief petty officer in the Navy during World War II. He was a former underwriter with Kemper Insurance for 18 years and a sales manager for Martin Insurance Agency for 10 years. He was a fourth-degree knight and past grand knight of St. Dominic's Knights of Columbus Council No. 3729. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6640, a past president of American Association of Retired Persons Lakeview Chapter 1316 and a former committeeman for Boy Scout Troop 23. Survivors include his wife, Lydia McMurray Weber; three sons, Douglas Edward, Brian John and Bradley John Weber; a daughter, Dianne Elizabeth Weber; a sister, Elois Louise Weber; and a grandchild. A Mass will be said Friday at noon at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Visitation will begin Friday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Metairie Cemetery.

ROSALIE MARY `SISTER' CLAY WHITE

Rosalie Mary ``Sister'' Clay White, a retired cook, died Friday of a stroke at University Rehabilitation Hospital. She was 70. Mrs. White was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She graduated from Xavier Preparatory High School. Survivors include her husband, Cornelius White Sr.; six sons, Herbert, Guy, Tyrone, Ronald, Byron and Cornelius White Jr.; five daughters, Beverly Summers of Riverdale, Ga., Laterrial Renee Francis of Las Vegas, Regina Mae Doucette, Arzelia Ann Jones and Joan Marie Coleman; a brother, Isaiah LaBeaux Jr.; two sisters, Willie Mae James and Patricia Paulette LaBeaux; 26 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at St. Bernard Community Baptist Church, 3938 St. Bernard Ave. Visitation will begin Friday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Gertrude Geddes Willis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

ETHEL `REE' WIGGINS

Ethel ``Ree'' Wiggins, a retired homemaker, died Friday of cancer at her home. She was 61. Mrs. Wiggins was born in Utica, Miss., and lived in Harvey. She was an usher at Greater Mount Nebo Baptist Church. Survivors include five sons, Scott Wiggins of Raceland, Ashley and Arthur Wiggins of California, and William and Tyrone Wiggins; five daughters, Bridgit Manuel of California, Mildred Howard and Helen, Shawanda and Chennette Wiggins; and 27 grandchildren. A wake will be held Friday at 8 p.m. at Second Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 1829 Pailet Ave. in Harvey. A funeral will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Springfield Baptist Church in Utica. Burial will be in the Utica church's cemetery. Davis Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

GENE EARL WILLETT

Gene Earl Willett, a retired draftsman for Boeing Aerospace, died Sunday of undetermined causes at his home. He was 67. Mr. Willett was born in Louisville, Ky., and lived in New Orleans for the past 15 years. He was involved with the Southern University African Art Gallery, lectured on African art at Southern University at New Orleans and was a member of the New Orleans Museum of Art, Friends of Ethnographic Art and Friends of Asian Art. Survivors include a son, Sydney Willett of Oklahoma City; a brother, Jack Willett of Virginia; and a grandchild. A memorial service will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at Bultman Funeral Home, 3338 St. Charles Ave. Visitation will begin at noon.

GEORGE WILLIS JR.

George Willis Jr., a retired employee of the Army Corps of Engineers, died Friday at Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was 86. Mr. Willis was born in Morganza and lived in New Orleans for more than 50 years. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Alcenia Willis; a grandchild; and two great-grandchildren. A wake will be held today at 8 p.m. at D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home, 3933 Washington Ave. Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. A funeral will be held Friday at noon at Mount Airy Missionary Baptist Church in Morganza. Burial will be in the church cemetery.


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