Miscellaneous Orleans Parish, Louisiana Obituaries - 1998

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May 1, 1998 

MARY LOGARBO AVRIL

Mary Logarbo Avril, a homemaker, died Tuesday at East Jefferson General Hospital. She was 80. Mrs. Avril was born in Lutcher and lived in Metairie for many years. Survivors include her husband, Joffre G. Avril; three sons, Robert A. Avril of Loranger, Tommy J. Avril Sr. of Kenner and James J. Avril; a daughter, Josie A. Ramsey of Bay St. Louis, Miss.; five brothers, Sammy LaCarbo of Port Vincent, Richard LaCarbo and Michael Logarbo of Gramercy, and Peter and James LaCarbo of Lutcher; two sisters, Jackie Lauret of Baton Rouge and Margaret Logarbo of Metairie; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at 1 p.m. at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Lake Lawn Park Cemetery.

LEATHA BENNETT

Leatha Bennett, a homemaker, died Thursday at Lifecare Hospital in Chalmette. She was 80. Ms. Bennett was born in Syntag and lived in New Orleans. Survivors include two grandchildren. Services were private. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home handled arrangements.

IRMA CHAUVIN

Irma Chauvin, a homemaker, died Monday at Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital. She was 80. Mrs. Chauvin was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include her husband, Francis Chauvin; two sons, Herbert Collins and Marlowe Chauvin; three daughters, Joanne Coleman, Shelia Jenkins and Pamela Chauvin; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at 11 a.m. at St. David's Catholic Church, 5617 St. Claude 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.

PAUL ANTHONY COOK

Paul Anthony Cook, a former employee of Burger King and Piccadilly Cafeterias, died Saturday of heart failure at Charity Hospital. He was 30. Mr. Cook was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He attended Walter L. Cohen High School. Survivors include his mother, Dottie Cook; five brothers, Charles Cook Jr. of Dallas, Warren Cook of Port Arthur, Texas, James and Edward Cook Sr. and Kevin Williams; and four sisters, Diane Cook Deal of Port Arthur, Stella Gloston, Linda Bartholomew and Paula-Ann Henry. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Dorothy Lawless Mortuary, 3825 Washington Ave. Visitation will begin at 8:30 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

JULIUS ALPHONSE `J.L.' CONERLY

Julius Alphonse ``J.L.'' Conerly, a retired longshoreman, died Monday of complications from diabetes at Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was 74. Mr. Conerly was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was an Army sergeant first class during World War II. He was a member of General Longshore Workers Local 3000 of the International Longshoremen's Association. Survivors include his wife, Annie B. Conerly; a son, Douglas Conerly; two daughters, LaMarion Swangain and Bobbie Conerly; 10 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be today at 6 p.m. at Nazarene Baptist Church, 2510 Orleans Ave. A funeral will be held Saturday at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Tylertown, Miss. Ginns Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

EMELDA THERESA DREXLER

Emelda Theresa Drexler, a seamstress, died Tuesday of heart failure at University Hospital. She was 61. Mrs. Drexler was born in Triumph and lived in New Orleans. She was a member of First Emanuel Baptist Church and its Senior Choir, Feed the Hungry program and Mission Department. Survivors include her husband, Alvin Drexler Sr.; a son, Edward LeBeaux; a daughter, Phyllis Williams; a stepson, Alvin Drexler Jr.; a brother, the Rev. Eugene Merrick; three sisters, Evelyn M. Jones of San Jose, Calif., Eliska M. Martin and Bernice M. Jones; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at First Emanuel Baptist Church, 1829 Carondelet St. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Gaskin-Tilly Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

HELEN THOMAS DUCKETT

Helen Thomas Duckett, a homemaker, died April 24 at her home. She was 78. Mrs. Duckett was born in Winterville and lived in Marrero. She was a member of St. Luke Baptist Church and past president of its Usher Board No. 1. Survivors include a son, Ivory Thomas Jr.; a foster daughter, Geraldine Love; two brothers, Wilson Jr. and Leon Hannibal Sr.; a sister, Willie Mae Christoph; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. A wake will be held today at 8 p.m. at St. Luke Baptist Church, 2738 Valence St. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Restlawn Park in Avondale. Davis Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

PATRICIA VATH GAGLIANO

Patricia Vath Gagliano, a retired teacher's assistant at Rudolph Matas Elementary School in Metairie, died Thursday of ovarian cancer at her home. She was 62. Mrs. Gagliano was born in New Orleans and lived in Metairie for the past 35 years. Survivors include a son, Charles Gagliano Jr.; three daughters, Phyllis Develle, Theresa Catalanotto and Patti Gagliano; her mother, Manola Vath; a brother, Eugene Vath; a sister, Janet Deutschmann; and six grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in All Saints Mausoleum.

BERNICE HUGHES

Bernice Hughes, a retired food service worker for the Jefferson Parish school system, died Saturday of kidney failure at Memorial Medical Center. She was 70. Mrs. Hughes was born in Lumberton, Miss., and lived in Metairie for the past 46 years. She also was a former domestic worker. She was a member of First Zion Baptist Church and its Deaconess Board No. 2, Willing Workers and Women of Temperance, and Causeway Chapter No. 88 of the Order of Eastern Star. Survivors include a daughter, Yolanda Thompson-Franklin of Baton Rouge, and three grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at First Zion Baptist Church, 1409 S. Causeway Blvd., Jefferson. Visitation will begin Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Louisiana Undertaking Co. is in charge of arrangements.

ALVIN JOSEPH HUMBLE

Alvin Joseph Humble, a presser for Young's Professional Dry Cleaners, died Monday at his home. He was 24. Mr. Humble was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was a former employee of Walgreen Drug Stores. He attended G.W. Carver High School and a Job Corps training program. Survivors include his father, Alvin Joseph; his mother and stepfather, Gracie and Jerry Weathersby Sr.; three brothers, Levar Humble, Mornear Mark and Jerry Weathersby Jr.; three sisters, Gennesaret and Shimshi Mark and Mushi Weathersby; and his grandparents, Evelean and John Tyler and Phillip Falls. A funeral will be held today at 10 a.m. at Miracles of Deliverance Ministry, 2900 Franklin Ave. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Gaskin-Tilly Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

BRENDA ANN `SHORTY' THOMAS JACKSON

Brenda Ann ``Shorty'' Thomas Jackson, a homemaker, died Sunday of complications from hypertension at Charity Hospital. She was 48. Mrs. Jackson was born in New Orleans and lived in Gretna before returning to New Orleans. She attended Gretna Junior High School. Survivors include three sons, Darrell and Javis Jackson and Ferdinand Thomas; a daughter, Taska Jackson; her mother, Althea Thomas; two brothers, Freddie and Cantrell Gayle; three sisters, Donna Adams, Debra Jackson and Pamela Thomas; her grandmother, Stella Davis; and a grandchild. A funeral will be held Saturday at noon at First Free Mission Baptist Church, 426 Lamarque St., Algiers. Visitation will begin Saturday at 10 a.m. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery in Gretna. Murray Henderson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

ADA MAE JONES

Ada Mae Jones, a homemaker, died Sunday of heart disease at Meadowcrest Hospital. She was 72. Mrs. Jones was born in McComb, Miss., and lived in New Orleans for the past 40 years. Survivors include a son, Harlon Smith Sr.; a daughter, Jessie Winters; five brothers; six sisters; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Craft Funeral Home in McComb. Burial will be in Tylertown Cemetery in Tylertown, Miss.

MARGERY H. JONES

Margery H. Jones, a homemaker, died Sunday of lung cancer at a niece's home in Chicago. She was 82. Mrs. Jones was born in Napoleonville and lived in New Orleans until moving to Chicago two years ago. In New Orleans, she was a member of Historic Second Baptist Church and treasurer of its Midday Usher Board. Survivors include nieces and nephews. A funeral will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. at Historic Second Baptist Church, 2505 Marengo St. Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park. Estelle J. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

WALTER E. `BUDDY' KNOWLES SR.

Walter E. ``Buddy'' Knowles Sr., a general organizer for the Iron Workers District Council of the Mid-South, died Wednesday of lung cancer at his home. He was 57. Mr. Knowles was born in Memphis, Tenn., and lived in Kenner for the past 34 years. He was a Marine Corps veteran. He was a member and former business manager of Iron Workers Local Union 58 and a former vice president of the Southeast Louisiana Building and Construction Trades Council of the AFL-CIO. Survivors include his wife, Katherine Fulco Knowles; three sons, Billy and Buddy Knowles Jr. and Jimmie Nix; four daughters, Donna and Rhonda Knowles, Rome Ford and Shannon Nix; a sister, Patricia K. Carollo; and eight grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at L.A. Muhleisen & Son Funeral Home, 2607 Williams Blvd., Kenner. Visitation will be today from 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Burial will be in Jefferson Memorial Gardens in St. Rose.

PLEASANT BEN `COKE' LEMON JR.

Pleasant Ben ``Coke'' Lemon Jr., a retired truck driver, died Saturday of cancer at his home. He was 72. Mr. Lemon was a lifelong resident of Jefferson. Survivors include his companion, Frances Jackson; six sons, Willie, Jason, Kenneth, Terry and Pleasant Lemon III and Gary Green; seven daughters, Janice L. White, Carolyn Douglas, Joyce Turner, Veronica Bannester, Judy Hampton, Barbara Johnson and Sylvia Lemon; two brothers, Alfred Lemon and Raymond Hamilton; a sister, Helen Thompson; 28 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at First Mission Baptist Church, 3836 River Road, Jefferson. Burial will be in First Zion Cemetery. Dennis Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

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 today at 10 a.m. at Brooks United Methodist Church, 4000 Buchanan St. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Mausoleum. Littlejohn's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

BILLY R. MANTON

Billy R. Manton, a retired tugboat chief engineer for Midland Enterprises Inc., died Wednesday of cancer at Pontchartrain Health Care Centre in Mandeville. He was 58. Mr. Manton was born in Independence and lived in Folsom for many years. Survivors include a daughter, Dora G. Manton; a sister, Ann McCrimon; and two grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 11 a.m. at E.J. Fielding Funeral Home, 2260 W. 21st Ave., Covington. Burial will be in Folsom Baptist Church Cemetery.

YVONNE RITA MATTEI

Yvonne Rita Mattei, a homemaker, died Wednesday at West Jefferson Medical Center. She was 76. Mrs. Mattei was born in New Orleans and lived in Slidell for the past 29 years. Survivors include a son, Keith Michael Gebbia Sr.; a daughter, Mary M. Marquez; a stepdaughter, Flora Mae Clemons; three brothers, Alvin, Aldon and Eno Guillot Jr.; two sisters, Teresa Gros and Julianne Spunizo; 13 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Schoen Funeral Home of Slidell, 3808 Pontchartrain Drive. Visitation will be today from 5 to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

VIRGINIA RICHARDSON

Virginia Richardson, a homemaker, died Monday of cancer at her home. She was 62. Mrs. Richardson was born in Franklinton and lived in New Orleans for the past 40 years. She attended Franklinton High School. She was a member of Pentecostal Church of God in Christ and its choir, Young Women Christian Council and Young People Willing Workers. Survivors include her husband, Robert Richardson; a son, Ricky Richardson; two daughters, Sharlene and Angelia Richardson; her stepmother, Clara Mae Magee; four brothers, Lafayette, Elbert, Alonzo and Joe Magee; and six sisters, Alice Benson, Clarice and Wilamenia Williams, Louise Gabriel, Elnora Andrews and Betty Atkins. A funeral will be held today at 8 p.m. at Pentecostal Church of God in Christ, 2925 Audubon St. Dismissal will be Saturday at Lear Hill Church of God in Christ in Franklinton. Burial will be in Lear Hill Cemetery. Richardson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

STEVE `PIE' ROGERS JR.

Steve ``Pie'' Rogers Jr., a retired crane operator for Bollinger Shipyard, died Tuesday of cancer at his home. He was 68. Mr. Rogers was born in Hermanville, Miss., and lived in Algiers. Survivors include his wife, Estella Johnson Rogers; a son, Johnny Polk; a daughter, Thelma Jeannie Nicholas; a stepson, Robert Myles; a stepdaughter, Gloria Williams; five brothers, Curtis Ross, James H. Barnes and Larry Holt, all of Detroit, William Holt of Vero Beach, Fla., and Jimmy Lee Holt of Port Gibson, Miss.; three sisters, Fay Davis of Port Gibson, Jackie Brown of Vicksburg, Miss., and Bessie Conley of Chicago; 12 grandchildren; nine stepgrandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and 15 stepgreat-grandchildren. A wake will be held today at 8 p.m. at Davis Mortuary, 230 Monroe St., Gretna. A funeral will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Hermanville. Burial will be in Hermanville Cemetery.

DEBORAH CHARLENE SAPP

Deborah Charlene Sapp was found dead Monday of an apparent drug overdose in the 7800 block of East St. Bernard Highway in Poydras. She was 20. Miss Sapp was a lifelong resident of Poydras. She graduated from P.G.T. Beauregard High School. Survivors include her parents, Edd and Deborah Sapp; a brother, Charles Glenn Sapp; and two sisters, Vernitia Whitfield and Lisa Garriga. A Mass will be said today at 5 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 6305 E. St. Bernard Highway, Violet.

ALAN F. `IRONMAN' SMITH

Alan F. ``Ironman'' Smith, a retired machinist for Shell Oil Co., died April 24 of pneumonia at River Parishes Hospital. He was 88. Mr. Smith was born in Gramercy and lived in Reserve for the past 67 years. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Victoria Solange Jaubert; a son, Alan Smith Jr. of Norco; three daughters, Ann S. Kimball of Lafayette, Joycelyn S. Monica of Garyville and Phyllis S. Martin of LaPlace; a brother, Mark Smith of LaPlace; two sisters, Eola Smith and Lettie Smith Friloux, both of Norco; 15 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. A Mass was said Monday at St. Peter Catholic Church in Reserve. Burial was in the church cemetery. Millet-Guidry Funeral Home handled arrangements.

DOROTHY `GRANNY' STEVENS

Dorothy ``Granny'' Stevens, a former cook for King's Restaurant, died Tuesday of complications from a stroke at her home. She was 68. Mrs. Stevens was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She also was a former janitorial worker at the Michoud Assembly Facility. She was a member of Sixth Baptist Church. Survivors include three sons, Lawrence, Henry and Ernest DeJean; five daughters, Mildred Carr, Earlene McMillan, Vinnie Davis, Carolyn Stevens and Evelyn DeJean; a brother, Alvin Williams; a sister, Olivia Bartholomew; 42 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 11 a.m. at D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home, 3933 Washington Ave. Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

DORIS MOGA STONE

Doris Moga Stone, a homemaker, died Wednesday of cancer at her home. She was 52. Mrs. Stone was born in St. Rose and lived in Kenner. Survivors include her husband, Paul J. Stone; three daughters, Georgia Stone, Ella Valdez and Terrie Watson; two brothers, James and Adrian Moga Jr.; a sister, Laura Lowman; and two grandchildren. A graveside service will be held today at 2:30 p.m. at Restlawn Park on U.S. 90 in Avondale. Falgout Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

CARRIE ROSIE THOMAS

Carrie Rosie Thomas, a homemaker, died Monday of a pulmonary embolism at Lifecare Hospital. She was 76. Mrs. Thomas was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She attended John W. Hoffman and McDonogh No. 35 high schools. She was a former employee of Baumer Foods. She was a former vice president of the Senior Choir and treasurer of the Sunday school at Mount Abram Baptist Church. Survivors include two daughters, Rosalee T. McDaniels and Eunice M. Thomas; a sister, Gladys Lewis; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at St. James Methodist Church of Louisiana, 1925 Ursulines Ave. Visitation will begin Saturday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Gaskin-Tilly Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

ELTON `JUNE' WICKER JR.

Elton ``June'' Wicker Jr., president of Tombstone Records, died Saturday at Charity Hospital of a gunshot wound. He was 32. Mr. Wicker was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He attended Joseph S. Clark High School and Americo Technical Institute. He was a former employee of Southern Scrap and Popeyes. He was the founder of the Tombstone Basketball League and Cool Spot Baseball League and was a volunteer for the Goretti Saints. Survivors include his wife, Kim P. Wicker; a son, Elton Wicker III; a daughter, Kerrionne Wicker; his father, Elton Wicker Sr.; his mother, Ethel Wicker; his stepfather, Nathaniel ``Jack'' Groves; two brothers, Charles Wicker and Sandy ``Pat'' Price; a sister, Dionne Wicker Murphy; and his grandfather, Joseph Burgess. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Cooper-Glapion Funeral Home, 2201 Caffin Ave. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.


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