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May 14, 1998 

Rickey Tyrone Amos Sr., owner of a body and fender shop, was found shot to death Tuesday in the 3000 block of St. Ferdinand Street. He was 35. Mr. Amos was born in Jackson, Miss., and lived in New Orleans for the past 20 years. He graduated from Joseph S. Clark Senior High School. Survivors include his wife, Dana Mix Amos; a son, Ricky Tyrone Amos Jr.; his parents, Maurice and Agnes Thames Amos; and three sisters, Sonja, Melanie and Sheranda Amos. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Gaskin-Tilly Mortuary, 1225 N. Rampart St. Visitation will begin at noon. Burial will be private.

Helen Ayers, a retired nurse's aide, died Sunday of heart failure at Memorial Medical Center. She was 63. Miss Ayers was born in Summit, Miss., and lived in New Orleans for the past 31 years. Survivors include two daughters, Sheliah Brown and Sharon Selmon. A funeral will be held today at 10 a.m. at First Emanuel Baptist Church, 1829 Carondelet St. Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery in Summit. Tharp-Sontheimer-Laudumiey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Thomas J. Bethune Jr., a retired financial aid director at Delgado College, died Tuesday of cancer at his home. He was 85. Mr. Bethune was born in Sourlake, Texas, and lived in New Orleans for the past 61 years. He was a life deacon of First Baptist Church of New Orleans and a member of the Carrollton Rotary Club and the Louisiana Retired Teachers Association. Survivors include a daughter, Donna Bethune Lewis; a son, Thomas J. Bethune III; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of New Orleans, 4301 St. Charles Ave. Visitation will be today from 7 to 9 p.m. at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Burial will be in Lake Lawn Park Mausoleum. 

Bernice Davis, a retired cosmetologist and former operator of Jewel Beauty Salon, died Sunday at Ochsner Foundation Hospital. She was 87. Mrs. Davis was born in Amite and lived in New Orleans for many years. She attended Katie's School of Beauty Culture and Barbering. She was a member of Petty A.M.E. Church, where she was a voting block captain, the Missionary Society and the choir. Survivors include her husband, James Davis; a stepson, Herbert Davis; a stepdaughter, Jacqueline Davis Coates; and two grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Petty A.M.E. Church, 2800 Milan St. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. 

Henry A. Despommier III, a retired self-employed commercial artist, died Monday at East Jefferson General Hospital. He was 83. Mr. Despommier was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Mildred Reynolds Despommier; a daughter, Margaret Despommier Harper; two sons, Henry A. and Philip H. Despommier; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church, 7100 St. Charles Ave. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Genevieve Dulaney, a retired beautician, died Sunday of congestive heart failure at her home in Garyville. She was 73. Mrs. Dulaney was a lifelong resident of Garyville. Survivors include her sister, Odeal Joseph of Garyville. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Hobson Brown Funeral Home, 134 Daisy St. in Garyville. Burial will be in Zion Travelers Cemetery in Garyville. Hobson Brown Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Joseph Gendel, a retired orthopedic surgeon, died April 11 at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo. He was 85. Dr. Gendel was born in Dallas and lived in Grand Junction for many years. He received a medical degree from Baylor Medical School and was a captain in the Army Medical Corps from 1942 to 1946, serving in Alaska, Germany and England. He practiced orthopedic surgery in New Orleans before moving to Topeka, Kan., in 1952. Dr. Gendel was president of Temple Beth Shalom in Topeka and worked as a physician for the Santa Fe Railroad for 25 years. He was a member of the American Medical Association and a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery. Survivors include four sons, Michael Gendel of Denver, Peter Gendel of New Orleans, Steven Gendel of Tucson, Ariz., and Jonathan Gendel of Kansas City, Kan; a daughter, Patrice Gendel Whistler of Grand Junction, Colo.; two sisters, Bess Gendel Lynn and Fannie Gendel Beck, both of Dallas; and three grandchildren. A funeral was held April 25 in Grand Junction. Callahan-Edfast Mortuary of Grand Junction was in charge of arrangements. 

Jules Joseph Granier Jr., a porter at Charity Hospital, died May 3 of diabetes at Veterans Hospital in Houston. He was 55. Mr. Granier was born in New Orleans and lived in Houston for many years. He graduated from George Washington Carver High School. He was an Army veteran during the Vietnam War. Survivors include a sister, Eljestina Jackson; and three stepbrothers, Frederick, Thomas C. Jones and Willie Jones Jr. A funeral will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Duplain W. Rhodes Funeral Home, 1716 N. Claiborne Ave. Visitation will begin Friday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Biloxi National Cemetery in Biloxi, Miss. 

Mary Green, a homemaker, died Saturday at her home. She was 92. Mrs. Green was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a member of Second Zion Baptist Church's Usher Board. Survivors include four sons, Archille Green of Georgia and Joseph, Arthur and Octave Green, all of California; two daughters, Ellen Miller and Gladys Washington; 24 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Second Zion Baptist Church, 2929 Second St. Visitation will begin Friday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park Cemetery. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Joseph James Griffin, a retired general contractor, died Tuesday of Parkinson's disease at his home. He was 78. Mr. Griffin was born in Paradis and lived in New Orleans for the past 50 years. He was a deacon at First Baptist Church of Paradis. He was an Army veteran, earning the rank of corporal. Survivors include three sons, Oswald, Thaddeus and Develle Griffin; a daughter, Lois Griffin of Paradis; a brother, George Griffin of Paradis; three sisters, Edmonia Lewis and Dora Williams, both of Paradis, and Essie Irons; and 12 grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Paradis, Old Spanish Road in Paradis. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Magee Funeral Home 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; nine grandchildren; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said Friday 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. 

Gary D. ``Polack'' Kulaszewski, a retired bartender at Big Daddy's Restaurant at 2513 Royal St., died May 5 of undetermined causes in Flint, Mich. He was 55. Mr. Kulaszewski was born in Flint and lived in New Orleans for many years. He was a graduate of Beecher High School in Flint and was an Air Force veteran. Survivors include his mother, Eleanor Kulaszewski; a brother, Jeffrey Kulaszewski; and a sister, Maryann Tarrant. A funeral was held Friday at All Saints Catholic Church in Flint. Burial was in New Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Flint. A memorial service will be held later in New Orleans. Martin Funeral Home in Flint handled the arrangements. 

Ryan Michael Lachney drowned Sunday in Kenner. He was 3. Ryan was born in New Orleans and was a resident of St. Bernard Parish. Survivors include his parents, Selena and Kenneth Lachney, and four brothers, William, Matthew, Austin and Kenneth Lachney Jr. A Mass will be said today at noon at Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 4747 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Burial will be in St. Vincent de Paul Cemetery. 

Cornelia Joyce ``Connie'' Langston, a homemaker, died Saturday of heart failure at Kenner Regional Medical Center. She was 65. Mrs. Langston was born in New Orleans and had lived in LaPlace for the past 21 years. She was a past Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star Progressive Chapter No. 115 in Reserve. Survivors include a son, Russell Langston of LaPlace; three daughters, Denise Garduno of Midway, Calif., Joy Maraboli of Salinas, Calif., and Julie Lambert Langston of St. Amant; a sister, Beverly Kent; a brother, Scott Kent; and 10 grandchildren. An Order of the Eastern Star graveside service will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Lake Lawn Park Cemetery, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Stella Louise Mackey, an insurance agent for Rhodes Life Co., died Tuesday of a heart attack at Plaquemines Parish Comprehensive Care Center. She was 48. Mrs. Mackey was a lifelong resident of Boothville. She graduated from Boothville High School. She was organist for Zion Hill Christian Church. Survivors include her husband, Alphonse Claude Mackey Sr.; a son, Alphonse Claude Mackey Jr.; a daughter, Courtney Mackey; her mother, Mary Prout Taylor; four brothers, Alvin, Bert, Leander and Clarence Taylor Jr.; four sisters, Elaine Butler, Eleria Mackey, Almida Thompson and Cindy Anderson; and two grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Zion Hill Christian Church in Boothville, Highway 23. A wake will be held Friday at 8 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in Tropical Bend Cemetery. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Dorothy Chriss Magee, a retired New Orleans public school teacher and owner of Magee Enterprise, died Tuesday of heart failure at Vencor Hospital. She was 66. Mrs. Magee was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a graduate of Southern University at New Orleans. She taught at Andrew J. Bell and Livingston Middle schools. She was a former employee of the Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff's Office's Tutorial Program. She was a member of Les Jeunes Femmes Social Club, Thrifty Matrons Savings Club, the Football Bunch, Friendly Women's Club, Southern University Alumni Federation and Ladies of Charity Club. She was also a member of the Senior Mission No. 2 of St. John Institutional Missionary Baptist Church, and a board member of Myrtle Magee Christian Academy. Survivors include a son, Ronald Magee; a daughter Gwendolyn Watkins Esteen; a brother, Theodore Chriss; a sister, Victoria Selmon; and eight grandchildren. A funeral will be held Thursday at 8 p.m. at St. John Institutional Missionary Baptist Church, 2538 Jackson Ave. Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. Dismissal will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Magee Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Clarence Lawrence ``Bro'' Martin Jr., a retired supervisor with the Federal Reserve Bank in New Orleans, died Sunday at Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was 77. Mr. Martin was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He retired from the Federal Reserve Bank in 1988. Survivors include his wife, Sarah Johnson Martin; five sisters, Beulah Davis, Arkansas Bush, Josephine Jenkins, Edna Martin Green and Hazel McKinney; and nine brothers, Edward, of Riverside, Calif., Joseph Sr., John Sr., Albert Sr., Richard, Haille Sr., Fred Sr., Leonard and the Rev. Robert Martin Sr. There will be no services. Mr. Martin donated his body to Louisiana State University Medical Center. 

Maude Johnson Millaud, a retired teacher, died Wednesday at Touro Infirmary Hospital. She was 90. Mrs. Millaud was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She graduated from Xavier University and Columbia University. She taught in the Orleans Parish school system for 42 years. She was a member of LaVida's Bridge Club, Pioneer Bridge Club and Pokeno. She is survived by a sister, Olga Johnson Jolly. A Mass will be said Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 2022 St. Bernard Ave. Visitation will begin at 8:30 a.m. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery in Algiers. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Clement J. Moscona, a retired salesman for Western Auto Supply Co., died Tuesday at his home. He was 80. Mr. Moscona was born in New Orleans and lived in Metairie for the past 42 years. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a parishioner of St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church and was a member of Charlie's Saints Marching Club. Survivors include his wife, Angelina Randazzo Moscona; two sons, Joseph C. and Vincent J. Moscona; a daughter, Mary Ann M. Boudreaux; two sisters, Lena M. Giardina and Josie M. Bruno; and five grandchildren. A Mass will be said Friday at 11 a.m. at Lamana-Panno-Fallo Funeral Home, 1717 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Visitation will be today from 7 to 10 p.m. and Friday at 8:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. 

George Lee Nassar, an attorney for the city of New Orleans, died Wednesday of lymphoma at Vencor Hospital. He was 59. Mr. Nassar was born in Kinston, N.C., and lived in New Orleans and Lafayette for many years. He was the bureau chief for the New Orleans Department of Housing and Urban Affairs. He graduated from Tulane University, the University of Mississippi Law School and Loyola University Law School. He was a member of the Louisiana and Mississippi State Bar Associations. Survivors include two brothers, Emile Albert Nassar of Houston and Maurice Gabriel Nassar of Baton Rouge; and a sister, Yvonne Saloom of Lafayette. A funeral will be held today at 6 p.m. at Bultman Funeral Home, 3338 St. Charles Ave. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Burial will be in Lakewood Memorial Cemetery in Jackson, Miss. 

Albert Thomas Sr., a laborer, died Sunday of cardiorespiratory arrest at Earl K. Long Medical Center. He was 46. Mr. Thomas was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was a member of Pure Light Missionary Baptist Church. Survivors include a son, Albert Thomas Jr.; his father, John Thomas; his mother, Lucille Powell Gooden; four brothers, Robert, John and Lionel Thomas and Ronnie Gooden; and three sisters, Dianne Allen, Jeanette Dyson and Mary Jackson. A funeral will be held Friday at noon at Gaskin-Tilly Mortuary, 1225 N. Rampart St. Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. 

Henry Vall Sr., a retired foreman at Acme Fence Co., died Tuesday of congestive heart failure at Ochsner Foundation Hospital. He was 70. He attended Albert Wicker and McDonogh No. 37 Schools. He worked for Acme Fence Co. for 57 years. Survivors include a son, Henry Vall Jr.; six daughters, Gloria, Bernadette, Debra, Emelda, Clara and Angela Vall; a brother, Charles Vall II; two sisters, Leontine Tucker and Louise Williams; 17 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Second New Guide Baptist Church, 1435 S. Wilson St., Metairie. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Charbonnet-Labat Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Nancy Bordes Williams, a homemaker, died Saturday of complications from a blood clot at University Hospital. She was 43. Mrs. Williams was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a member of the Sixth Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Larry Williams Sr.; two sons, Vernon Bordes and Larry Williams Jr.; seven daughters, Darlene, LaKeisha and Wylita Bordes, Tomeka Bush and Trianne Williams; two brothers, Paul and Sanders Bordes; four sisters, Delores Bordes, Elaine Chillins, Ramona and Dedra Robinson; and five grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. at Sixth Baptist Church, 928 Felicity St. Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Holt Cemetery. Magee Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

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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