Miscellaneous Orleans Parish, Louisiana Obituaries - 1998

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May 10, 1998

SISTER MARY BARBARA AMEDEE

Sister Mary Barbara Amedee, a retired nun and teacher, died Friday at Meadowcrest Hospital. She was 89. Sister Mary Barbara was born Rita Amedee in Vacherie and lived in New Orleans. She entered the Congregation of the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception in 1930 and professed her first vows in 1932 and her perpetual vows in 1935. She was a former major superior and bursar for her order and a teacher at Catholic schools in New Orleans, Labadieville, Lockport and Destrehan. Survivors include two sisters, Maizie Amedee Viallon and Ella Amedee Gauthreau, both of Baton Rouge. A memorial Mass will be said Monday at 11 a.m. in the chapel of the Mary Joseph Residence, 4201 Woodland Drive in Algiers. Her body was donated to science. Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

GRACE MORGAN BUTLER

Grace Morgan Butler, a former housekeeping worker for the federal government, died Thursday of respiratory failure at New Orleans Rehabilitation Hospital. She was 63. Ms. Butler was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She also was a former seamstress. She was a member of Greater Mount Rose Baptist Church and its Usher Board, Deaconess Board, Mission Society and Christian Work Society. Survivors include a son, Leonard Morgan; seven daughters, Sheila Morgan Spears Ladmirault, Robin Morgan West and Belinda Ann, Sylvia, Crystal, Tina and Angelia Morgan; two brothers, Willie North and Richard Jones; a sister, Dorothy Murphy; 27 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at Greater Mount Rose Baptist Church, 1318 Simon Bolivar Ave. Visitation will begin Monday at 8:30 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Dorothy Lawless Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

JAMES LEON BURNETT JR.

James Leon Burnett Jr., a petroleum engineer for Texaco Inc., died Wednesday at Charity Hospital of injuries suffered in a traffic accident. He was 38. Mr. Burnett was born in Albuquerque, N.M., and lived in Vacherie for the past 2 1/2 years. He graduated from the University of Arizona. Survivors include his wife, Jessie Burnett; four sons, Clay, Van Michael, Jacob and Joshua Burnett; three daughters, Rachel, Taylor and Loni Michelle Burnett; his parents, James and Sue Burnett; a brother, Billy Burnett; two sisters, Laura Walkinshaw and Tiffany Beebe; and his grandparents, J.C. Lewing and Avis Burnett. A graveside service will be held Thursday at Hill Top Cemetery in Pagosa Springs, Colo. Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

ANTHONY COREY

Theron Anthony Corey, a laborer at Arnaud's Restaurant, died Friday of gunshot wounds in the 2400 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. He was 29. Mr. Corey was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include his companion, Adrian Marshall; four daughters, Theronika, Beldina, Jamie and Nesha Walker; his parents, Beldon and Brenda Bell; a brother, Ryuan Bell; and his grandparents, Loretta, Robert and Viola Corey and Beldina Bell. A funeral will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Davis Mortuary, 6820 West Bank Expressway, Marrero. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

LOUIS WILLIAM DALMAS II

Louis William Dalmas II, a retired Postal Service clerk, died Tuesday at the New Orleans Home and Rehabilitation Center. He was 77. Mr. Dalmas was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He graduated from Joseph S. Clark High School, where he was the first student body president, and attended Dillard University. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He received a key to the city of New Orleans in 1949. Survivors include his wife, Lillian Leone Dalmas; three sons, Louis, Gerard and Keith Dalmas; three daughters, Vernita D. Scott, Charleisa D. Alphonsus and Phillis D. Carter; two brothers, George and Eugene Dalmas; a sister, Anna D. Larche; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said Monday at 1 p.m. at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, 1923 St. Philip St. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Charbonnet-Labat Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

RAYMOND E. `JOE' DUHE

Raymond E. ``Joe'' Duhe, a retired foreman for the St. Charles Parish Water Department, died Friday of a heart attack at St. Charles Hospital in Luling. He was 59. Mr. Duhe was born in Montz and lived in Destrehan for the past 25 years. Survivors include his wife, Rose Mary Abate Duhe; a son, Raymond E. Duhe Jr.; a daughter, Rosemond Duhe Vanhuss; a brother, Wilbert J. Duhe of New Sarpy; two sisters, Beverly Duhe Sutton and Geraldine Duhe Vicknair, both of LaPlace; and two grandchildren. A funeral will be held Monday at 9 a.m. at L.A. Muhleisen & Son Funeral Home, 2607 Williams Blvd., Kenner, followed by a Mass at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church on River Road in Destrehan. Burial will be in the church mausoleum.

BERNADINE VERONICA EMERSON

Bernadine Veronica Emerson, a retired Orleans Parish public school teacher, died Thursday of respiratory failure at Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital. She was 70. Miss Emerson was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She graduated from Tuskegee Institute. She was a parishioner of St. Augustine Catholic Church and a member of the United Teachers of New Orleans and the American Association of Retired Persons. Survivors include a sister, Evelyn E. Walton. A Mass will be said Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 1210 Gov. Nicholls St. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Charbonnet-Labat Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

LAURA JACKSON

Laura Jackson, a retired licensed practical nurse, died Wednesday at Touro Infirmary. She was 89. Ms. Jackson was born in Torras and lived in New Orleans for many years. She graduated from the Couvin School of Nursing. She was a member of Winter Capitol Temple No. 427 and Petty's Delight Chapter No. 5 of the Order of Eastern Star and the Conquerors Club and a past trustee of the Louisiana State Association of Elks. Survivors include a nephew. A funeral will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at New Zion Baptist Church, 2319 Third St. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Dorothy Lawless Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

MEREDITH FOSTER JACKSON

Meredith Foster Jackson, a retired schoolteacher, died Tuesday at Chateau Living Center in Kenner. She was 84. Mrs. Jackson was born in Morgan City and lived in Kenner. She graduated from Redemption High School, Louisiana Normal College and the University of Southern Mississippi. She taught at public and private elementary schools in New Orleans, Metairie and Mandeville for more than 30 years. Survivors include her husband, Col. Gordon S. Jackson; a son, Alexander Granzia Jr. of Eugene, Ore.; a stepson, Gordon S. Jackson Jr.; a stepdaughter, Kelly Jackson Davidson; and three grandchildren. A graveside service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at All Saints Mausoleum in Metairie Cemetery, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

REGINA HOWELL LAHNERS

Regina Howell Lahners, a homemaker, died Friday of cancer at her daughter's home. She was 82. Mrs. Lahners was born in New Orleans and lived in Kenner for the past 25 years. She was a parishioner of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. Survivors include two sons, Louis H. and William S. Lahners Jr.; a daughter, Regina L. Herzog; a brother, Charles Howell; three sisters, Zitter Kinney, Shirley Farrell and Lorraine King; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said Monday at noon at Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 4747 Veterans Memorial Blvd. in Metairie. Visitation will begin Monday at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Garden of Memories.

JESSE MICHAEL NATA

Jesse Michael Nata, a lineman for Red Simpson Inc., died Friday in a power-line accident in Gadsden, Ala. He was 24. Mr. Nata was born in Metairie and lived in Violet before moving to Slidell 10 years ago. He graduated from Salmen High School, where he lettered in football and baseball. Survivors include his wife, Allison Freeland Nata; a son, Jesse Michael Nata II; his parents, Anthony John and Patricia Matherne Nata; two brothers, Anthony John Nata Jr. and Gene Raymond Matherne; two sisters, Antoinette Nata Howell and Melissa Ann Matherne; and his grandfather, Harrington Matherne. A Mass will be said Tuesday at noon at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Visitation will be Monday from 7 to 10 p.m. and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Slidell.

RAY A. PHILIBERT

Ray A. Philibert, a retired life insurance and computer executive, died Friday of a head injury at Columbia Lakeland Medical Center. He was 73. Mr. Philibert was born in Washington, D.C., and lived in New Orleans for the past 53 years. He attended Jesuit High School, Tulane University and the University of New Orleans. He was the founder and former president of Philibert Software Group of Atlanta and former senior vice president of Computone Systems of Atlanta, where he helped develop the first system to automate life insurance sales. He also was a former vice president of Bowles Andrews & Towne actuarial consulting firm in Atlanta, a vice president and chief marketing officer of Louisiana & Southern Life Insurance Co. in New Orleans, a branch manager for Occidental Life Insurance Co. in New Orleans, an agent and district manager for American National Life Insurance Co. in New Orleans, and an adjunct professor at Purdue University's Insurance Marketing Institute. He was a marketing consultant for many life insurance companies. He was a Navy veteran and a past commander of American Legion Post 288. He was a member of the American Society of Chartered Life Underwriters, the Association of Advanced Life Underwriters and the Culinary Institute of America. Survivors include his wife, Joan B. Philibert; two sons, Ray ``Rocky'' and R. Brian Philibert; a daughter, Susan Philibert; a stepdaughter, Amanda Bourgeois; two brothers, Robert A. and Harry H. Philibert; a sister, Jeanne P. Morrison; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at All Faiths Funeral Home, 5200 Canal Blvd. Visitation will begin Monday at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

MARGARET ELIZABETH PRESTON

Margaret Elizabeth Preston, a retired consultant in the hospital industry, died Thursday of heart failure at Slidell Memorial Hospital. She was 76. Mrs. Preston was born in Columbus, Ohio, and lived in Slidell. Survivors include five sons, Stephen Preston of New Orleans, Thomas Preston of Metairie, Richard Preston of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Charles and Gerald Preston; a sister, Mary Lou Farris of Virginia; and nine grandchildren. No services will be held. Honaker Funeral Home in Slidell is in charge of arrangements.

FERDINAND FRANK ROCHON JR.

Ferdinand Frank Rochon Jr., pastor of Mount Zion Church of God in Christ, died Tuesday of a stroke at St. Claude Medical Center. He was 71. Pastor Rochon was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was chairman of District No. 4 of the Church of God in Christ, chaplain of the Gethsemane Prison Ministry and Jurisdiction No. 2 president of the Prayer Supporters. He was a Navy veteran. Survivors include his wife, Stella Rochon; a son, Ferdinand F. Rochon III; two daughters, Esther R. Wright of Tacoma, Wash., and Faith E. Rochon; a brother, Ralph Rochon of Chicago; two sisters, Audrey Gomez of Syracuse, N.Y., and Pearl Seals of Liverpool, N.Y.; and three grandchildren. A funeral will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Thompson Temple Church of God in Christ, 1515 Whitney Ave., Gretna. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Richardson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

JOSEPH RAYMOND JR.

Joseph Raymond Jr., a retired longshoreman, died Wednesday at his home. He was 77. Mr. Raymond was born in St. James and lived in New Orleans for the past 60 years. He was a member of Little Zion Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Mary N. Raymond; two sons, Donald and Anthony Raymond; two daughters, Audrey Mae and Elaine Raymond; 38 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Little Zion Baptist Church, 3231 Audubon St. Visitation will begin Monday at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Gertrude Geddes Willis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

FRANK STEWART JR.

Frank Stewart Jr., a retired laborer, died Wednesday of lung cancer at University Hospital. He was 52. Mr. Stewart was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include his companion, Sylvia Biagas; two sons, Terrence and Byron Stewart; three brothers, Anthony, Winslow and Emmanuel Wallace; two sisters, Marion Maheia and Aline Clark; and a grandchild. A funeral will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Boissiere-Labat Family Funeral Services, 1703 N. Claiborne Ave. Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Burial will be in St. Roch Cemetery No. 2.

ARLIE `POPS' STRAIN

Arlie ``Pops'' Strain, a retired businessman, died Friday of complications from diabetes at his home. He was 71. Mr. Strain was born in New Orleans and lived in Metairie and Pearlington, Miss., for the past 35 years. He owned Clearview Pets for 16 years and worked in the import-export business for many years. After retiring, he became a motorcycle enthusiast. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Mary Strain; a son, Joe Strain; five daughters, Beth Goddard, Ann Strain, Jan Strachan, Lynn Kiefer and Jill Mercer; and eight grandchildren. A Mass will be said Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Pearlington. Edmond Fahey Funeral Home in Bay St. Louis, Miss., is in charge of arrangements.

AMY LEOLA EMILE TOUSSAINT

Amy Leola Emile Toussaint, a homemaker, died Tuesday of undetermined causes at her home. She was 71. Mrs. Toussaint was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She attended McDonogh No. 35 Senior High School. Survivors include two sons, Charles R. Toussaint of Natchez, Miss., and Dennis P. Toussaint; a daughter, Charlene Jones; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at Louisiana Undertaking Co., 1449 N. Claiborne Ave. Burial will be in St. John Cemetery Crematory.

JOHN JOSEPH `PAPA JOHN' VIRGA JR.

John Joseph ``Papa John'' Virga Jr., a retired manager for K&B drugstores, died Friday of pneumonia at East Jefferson General Hospital. He was 64. Mr. Virga was born in New Orleans and lived in Metairie the past 40 years. He worked for K&B for 32 years. He was a former master sergeant in the Army National Guard and a charter member of the Karaoke Club. Survivors include his wife, Sylvia Klein Virga; a son, John Joseph Virga III; two daughters, Debra Virga James and Donna Virga Perkins; a sister, Evelyn Breaux; and six grandchildren. A Mass will be said Monday at 1:30 p.m. at Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 4747 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Visitation will be today from 6 to 10 p.m.

MARGUERITE FRANCES WHITE

Marguerite Frances White, a retired secretary for Lykes Bros. Steamship Co., died Friday of heart failure at East Jefferson General Hospital. She was 98. Miss White was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include two nephews and three nieces. A Mass will be said Monday at 10 a.m. at Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home, 3827 Canal St. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Garden of Memories.

May 12, 1998

Jueliene Ann ``Noonie'' LaSalle Butler, a physical therapist at Meadowcrest Living Center, died Thursday at West Jefferson Hospital of a gunshot wound. She was 42. Mrs. Butler was born in Amite and lived in Marrero for many years. She graduated from L.W. Higgins High School and Phillips Junior College. She was a member of Progressive Baptist Church. Survivors include three daughters, Anitra, Shannon and Ashley Butler; her mother, Delores LaSalle; five brothers, James Earl, Kermit, Tyrone, Keith and Cornell LaSalle; two sisters, Adrienne Moore and Consuella Irvin; a stepbrother, Kevin Campbell; a stepsister, Tonya Cola; and a grandchild. A funeral will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Progressive Baptist Church, 437 Cohen Ave. Visitation will begin Wednesday at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Park. Gaskin-Tilly Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. 

Rodney Lewis Butler, a driver for TCI Trucking Co., died Thursday of a gunshot wound at West Jefferson Medical Center. He was 40. Mr. Butler was a lifelong resident of Marrero. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service and served in the Coast Guard. He was a member of Progressive Baptist Church. He was an Air Force veteran. Survivors include three daughters, Anitra, Shannon and Ashley Butler; his mother, Jannie Butler Washington; two brothers, Nathaniel and Demaris Butler; three sisters, Joyce Jeffery, Jannie S. Hawkins and De'Mika Butler; and a grandchild. A funeral will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Progressive Baptist Church, 437 Cohen Ave., Marrero. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Park. Gaskin-Tilly Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. 

Jerry L. Dunnegan, a probation officer for Slidell City Court, died Sunday of heart failure at his home. He was 55. Mr. Dunnegan was born in Gainsville, Mo., and lived in Slidell for 30 years. He was the former deputy marshal for the city of Slidell, former manager of Norwest Financial and owner of Ozone Guns amd Ammo. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, a member of the board of the Louisiana Forgery and Fraud Investigation Association, the National Rifle Association and a professional fisherman in the Honey Island Bass Masters. He is survived by his wife, Donna G. Dunnegan; two sons, Lonnie Ziegel and Shane Dunnegan; his father, Roy J. Dunnegan; his mother and stepfather, Velma M. Eells and Robert Eells; two sisters, Tammy Shockley and Tandi Lea Shockley; and a grandchild. A funeral Mass will be said today at 1:30 p.m. at St. Margaret Mary Church on Robert Boulevard in Slidell. Visitation starts at 10 a.m. at the church.Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery near Slidell. Honaker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Precious Phenice Edwards, a 7-month-old girl, died Friday of complications during brain surgery at Tulane Medical Center. Survivors include her parents, Paulette Ambrose and Perry B. Edwards; two brothers, Perry G. Jones and Paul M. Edwards; a sister, Roslyn M. Edwards; and her grandparents, Gladys P. and Titus M. Ambrose, and Lula and Sylvester Edwards. A funeral will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Majestic Mortuary, 1833 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. Visitation will begin Wednesday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. 

William Jerry Fortson, a retired insurance underwriter, died Sunday of a heart attack at Ochsner Foundation Hospital. He was 70. Mr. Fortson was born in High Springs, Fla., and lived in Jefferson for the past 35 years. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of Williams Boulevard Baptist Church and the 45th Infantry Division Association. Survivors include five daughters, Eilen Tucker, Gail Fortson, Lynn Bloodworth, Julie Johnson and Jeri D'Aquin; a sister, Barbara Pickerin; and six grandchildren. A memorial service will be held today at 11 a.m. at Williams Boulevard Baptist Church, 3000 Williams Blvd., Kenner. 

Sarah Elizabeth Gallo, a senior at Archbishop Chapelle High School, died Saturday in Gulf Shores, Ala., of injuries suffered in a car accident. She was 17. Miss Gallo was a lifelong resident of Metairie. At Archbishop Chapelle, she was a member of the choir and the National Art Honor Society, and was on the honor roll. She had also attended St. Philip Neri School, where she was a member of the band, the choir and the Christian Youth Organization. Survivors include her mother, Lorraine LeBoeuf Gallo; her father, Ignatius J. Gallo; two brothers, Vincent M. and Joseph M. Gallo; and her grandmother, Marie LeBoeuf. A Mass will be said today at 11 a.m. at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 6500 Kawanee Ave., Metairie. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Garden of Memories. Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Chester R. Lloyd, a retired manufacturing representative for a wire and cable company, died Monday of a heart attack at his home. He was 80. Mr. Lloyd was born in Ensley, Ala., and lived in Slidell for the past 36 years. Survivors include his wife, Janie Felder Lloyd; two daughters, Jacqueline L. Lally and Doris J. Haygood, both of Lacombe; three stepsons, Stephen, and Drs. Robert and Gary Goodwin; 13 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Honaker Funeral Home, 1751 Gause Blvd. West. Visitation will be today from 7 to 10 p.m. and Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery. 

Arto McGowan, a retired construction worker, died Saturday of heart failure at Charity Hospital. He was 69. Mr. McGowan was born in Foxworth, Miss., and lived in New Orleans for the past 44 years. Survivors include two daughters, Clara Seymore and Shirley Roberts; a son, Arthur Ray McGowan; a sister, Essie Lee Foxworth; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Cook Gallaway Funeral Home in Columbia, Miss. Burial will be in Lil Rock Cemetery in Columbia. 

Jesse James McNab, a supervisor for Diversified Foods and Seasoning, died Saturday of lymphoma at East Jefferson General Hospital. He was 43. Mr. McNab was born in New Orleans and lived in St. Bernard Parish for the past 20 years. Survivors include his wife, Lorraine Cottrell McNab; three sons, Chad M. and Joshua J. and Jesse J. McNab II; his father, Frederick O. McNab Sr.; and four brothers, Timothy P., Joseph M. and Winsor T. McNab and Frederick O. McNab Jr. A Mass will be said today at 1 p.m. at St. Bernard Memorial Funeral Home in Chalmette, 701 W. Virtue St. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in St. Bernard Memorial Gardens. 

Matthew Ernest Perry, a butcher, died Friday of cancer at his home. He was 68. Mr. Perry was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was a member of Greater Macedonia Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Lillian Perry; four sons, Kenderick Jones of Minnesota, Ernest Matthew Fluker, Matthew E. Perry Jr. and Aaron Labrie; a daughter, Samantha P. Thomas; a brother, William Perry; three sisters, Rebecca Thomas, Evelina Ward and Ellanora Jessie; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. A funeral will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Greater Macedonia Baptist Church, 2711 Danneel St. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Green Street Cemetery. Majestic Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. 

Stella Poleto Piazza, a homemaker, died Sunday of heart failure at East Jefferson General Hospital. She was 82. Mrs. Piazza was born in Garyville and lived in Kenner for the past 27 years. She was a parishioner of Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church. Survivors include her husband, Frank Piazza; a son, Archie J. Herbert; two daughters, Mary Rose Falgoust and Sandra Cepica; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at noon at Jacob Schoen and Son Funeral Home, 3827 Canal St. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. 

Mitchell Ricard Jr., a laborer, died Friday of a gunshot wound in the 1900 block of Murl St. He was 61. Mr. Ricard was born in Jesuit Bend and lived in Algiers for the past 40 years. He worked in construction for many years. Survivors include his wife, Shirley C. Ricard; a son, Mitchell Ricard III; four daughters, Sharon Baldwin and Shirley, Verna and Faye Ricard; a brother, Benny Ricard; three sisters, Marie Ricard, Rose Hills and Doris Ricard-Davis; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 12:30 p.m. at Davis Mortuary, 230 Monroe St., Gretna. Burial will be in Dobard Jesuit Bend Cemetery. Davis Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. 

Charles Leslie Saunders, a retired foundryman and fisher, died Sunday of a heart attack in Perkinston, Miss. He was 67. Mr. Saunders was born in Palatka, Fla., and lived in New Orleans for many years before moving to Carriere, Miss., five years ago. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Ann Lowery Saunders of Carriere; two sons, Bobby Saunders of Colorado and David Saunders of Perkinston, Miss.; a daughter, Emily Flanders of Golden, Co.; four stepdaughters, Tami Hawthorn of Saucier, Miss., Christina Morgan and Kimberly Mason, both of Picayune, Miss., and Darla Daniels of Gulfport, Miss.; a brother, Noah John Saunders of Biloxi, Miss.; 22 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. A funeral will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Biloxi V.A. National Cemetery. Visitation will be today from 6 to 10 p.m. at Picayune Funeral Home, 815 S. Haugh Ave. and Wednesday from 8 to 11 a.m. Burial will be in Biloxi VA National Cemetery. 

Malik Michael Stewart died Friday at West Jefferson Medical Center during premature delivery. Survivors include his parents, Lisa P. and Michael Craig Stewart Jr.; and his grandparents, Theadora and Michael Craig Stewart Sr. and June M. Williamson Powell. A graveside service will be held today at 10 a.m. at Westlawn Cemetery, 1225 Whitney Ave. in Gretna. Westside Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Alma ``Susie'' Fox Lee White, a retired nurse, died Saturday of complications from heart disease at Bethany Convalescent Home in Everett, Wash. She was 67. Mrs. White was born in New Orleans and lived in Everett for many years. She was a graduate of Gilbert Academy High School. She was a member of Everett's Second Baptist Church and served as a missionary worker. She also was a member of the Nursing Board and the Nursing Association in Everett. Survivors include her husband, Moses White; five sons, Michael Lee, Moses, Joseph, Anthony and Dominic White; four daughters, Gilda Totty, Carmen Saulsberry, Lucy White and Jude Hughes; a brother, Earl Fox of Buras; a sister, Elsie Mae Fox of Buras; 37 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Second Baptist Church, 2801 Virginia Ave., Everett. Burial will be in Cypress Lawrence Cemetery. Solie Funeral Home in Everett is in charge of arrangements. 

Keith Lewis Wolfe, a manager at Avis Rent A Car, died Friday of heart failure at Charity Hospital. He was 41. Mr. Wolfe was born in Memphis, Tenn., and lived in New Orleans for the past 24 years. He was a graduate of Northside High School in Memphis and Tulane University. Survivors include his wife, Karen Richard Wolfe; three daughters, Shannon, Curston and Lanna Wolfe; his father, Sylvester Wolfe; his mother, Joyce Redmond; five sisters, Valencia Watson, Stephanie Beasley and Gale, Sylvia and Marshanee Wolfe; and a grandmother, Evelyn Gibson. A funeral will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Jacob Schoen and Son Funeral Home, 3827 Canal St. Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Burial will be private. 


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