Miscellaneous Orleans Parish, Louisiana Obituaries - 1998

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Nov. 6, 1998

William Joseph Noonan Jr., a retired sales representative for Grinnell Corp., died Tuesday of congestive heart failure at Hara han Guest House. He was 69. Mr. Noonan was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He attended Tulane University and was a sergeant in the Marine Corps for nine years. Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou Cary Noonan; a son, William Joseph Noonan III; a daughter, Catherine Noonan Garvey; and four grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at noon at All Faiths Funeral Home, 5200 Canal Blvd. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

Victoria Scobel Ripp, a retired Avon cosmetics sales representative, died Tues day at her home. She was 90. Mrs. Ripp was born in Buras and lived in New Orleans most of her life before moving recently to Lansdale, Pa. Survivors include a son, Michael H. Ripp Sr.; a sister, Lucille S. Bourgeois; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at 11 a.m. at All Faiths Funeral Home, 5200 Canal Blvd. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

Mildred Eschete Richard, a retired employee of the Navy Department at the Port of Em barkation, died Sunday at her home. She was 80. Mrs. Richard was born in Houma and lived in the New Orleans area since 1936. She also worked for the Commodities Credit Corp. and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She was a parishioner of St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church and a member of the Keenagers. Survivors include a son, Emile Richard Jr.; a daughter, Catherine Richard Verdone; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 500 Goode St., Houma. Visitation will be today from 7 to 10 p.m. at Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 4747 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, and Saturday from 9:15 to 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Walter R. Reese, a warehouse stock clerk, died Tuesday of cancer at the Veter ans Affairs Medical Center. He was 57. Mr. Reese was born in Greensburg and lived in New Orleans for many years. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church in Liberty, Miss. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Harness Reese; three daughters, Jennifer, Veronica and Paulette Reese; his mother, Doretha Reese; five brothers, Ramon Davis and Albert, John, Robert and Dudley Reese Jr.; six sisters, Mary Reese, Ella V. Toney, Pearl R. Womack, Alvera Washington, Earlean Early and Henrietta Bolding; and four grandchildren. A wake will be held today at 8 p.m. at Estelle J. Wilson Mortuary, 2715 Danneel St. A funeral will be held Saturday at noon at Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church in Liberty. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Henry Rixner Jr., a retired self-employed painter, died Tuesday of cancer at his home. He was 65. Mr. Rixner was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He graduated from Joseph S. Clark High School and was a Navy veteran. He was a member of St. Joseph Free Baptist Church and its Male Choir and Deacon Board. He is survived by a sister, Joyce Mack. A wake will be held today at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Free Baptist Church, 1523 Touro St. Dismissal will be Saturday at 9 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Holt Cemetery. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jerome Anthony Rixner Sr., a banquet captain at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, died Monday of undetermined causes at a sister's home. He was 53. Mr. Rixner was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He attended Xavier Preparatory High School. He worked in the hospitality industry for 30 years, also working at the Royal Orleans and Royal Sonesta hotels and the Superdome. Survivors include his wife, Lillie Mae Burns Rixner; a son, Jerome A. Rixner Jr.; three stepsons, George Williams and Irvin and Cornell Washington; five stepdaughters, Montrell Bogus, Michelle Washington and Aquanetta, Janet and Marie Hall; his mother, Margery Gladstone Rixner; three brothers, Gregory J., Anthony M. and Irving J. Rixner Jr.; five sisters, Judith A. and Sheryl A. Rixner, Mildred R. Blazio, Carol R. Foster and Rona R. Francis; a grandchild, and nine stepgrandchildren. A Mass will be said today at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 6300 Pines Blvd. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m., with recitation of the rosary at 10 a.m. Burial will be in St. Roch Mausoleum No.2. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Beulah Morgan Tooley, a retired sales clerk for Krauss depart ment store, died Wednesday at Lakeview Re gional Medical Center in Cov ington. She was 89. Mrs. Tooley was born in Folsom and lived in Covington for the past four years. Survivors include a son, Hollis L. Odom Jr. A wake will be held today from 6 to 10 p.m. at Schoen Funeral Home, 1414 S. Tyler St., Covington. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Fendalson Cemetery in Folsom.

Jessie Mae Winford, a homemaker, died Oct. 30 of heart failure at Vencor Hospital. She was 76. Mrs. Winford was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include six sons, Terry, Robert, Ronald, Jesse James, Eric and Elmore Winford Jr.; three daughters, Mary and Diane Winford and Betty L. Smith; two sisters, Audrey McFadden and Marie Johnson; 16 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home, 3933 Washington Ave. Visitation will begin Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

Horace Waters, a retired truck driver, died Oct. 29 of complications from a stroke at Memorial Medical Center. He was 79. Mr. Waters was born in Hilly and lived in New Orleans for the past 10 years. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include a son, Calvin Waters; a daughter, Dorothy Waters; three brothers, Jack Waters of Baton Rouge and Eville and Manuel Waters; two sisters, Marie Waters and Adalee Hill; and five grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. at D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home, 3933 Washington Ave. Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

Clara Mae Williams Hart Wilson, a homemaker, died Monday of laryngeal cancer at Ochsner Foun dation Hospital. She was 66. Mrs. Wilson was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include a son, Reginald Wilson; four daughters, Regina Muse of Germany, Loretta Shelton, Barbara Phillips and Carol Steele; five brothers, Melvin and Guidry Williams, Edrick Johnson, Harold Lyons and Isaac Castle; three sisters, Merline Maten, Lorita Gamble and Edrina Howard; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Gaskin-Tilly Mortuary, 1225 N. Rampart St. Visitation will begin Saturday at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

Mildred C. Williams, a retired machine operator in the gar ment industry, died Monday at Metropolitan Hospice. She was 78. Mrs. Williams was born in Garyville and lived in New Orleans. She was a member of St. John Institutional Missionary Baptist Church and its Usher Board No.2, Baptist Training Union, Benevolent Auxiliary and Children's Hour. There are no immediate survivors. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. John Institutional Missionary Baptist Church, 2538 Jackson Ave. Visitation will begin Saturday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Gertrude Geddes Willis Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Gerald Eugene Wiltz, an em ployee in the food-service department at Ochsner Foun dation Hospital, died Oct. 29 of injuries suffered in a traffic accident on Jefferson Highway. He was 36. Mr. Wiltz was born in New Orleans and lived in Kenner for the past 10 years. He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School. Survivors include his father, Frank Wiltz; his mother, Helen Wiltz; his stepmother, Doris Wiltz; three brothers, Lionel, Reginald and Jessie Wiltz; and five sisters, Dianne Barthelemy, Lynette McCall, Sylvia Brown and Karen and Kim Wiltz. A funeral will be held today at 8 p.m. at The Way Jesus Christ Christian Church, 1137 St. Charles Ave. Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. Dismissal will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Magee Funeral Home, 2141 Washington Ave. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

Jessie Mae Winford, a homemaker, died Oct. 30 of heart failure at Vencor Hospital. She was 76. Mrs. Winford was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include six sons, Terry, Robert, Ronald, Jesse James, Eric and Elmore Winford Jr.; three daughters, Mary and Diane Winford and Betty L. Smith; two sisters, Audrey McFadden and Marie Johnson; 16 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home, 3933 Washington Ave. Visitation will begin Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

Nov. 10, 1998

WALTER B. WILLIAMS JR.

Walter B. Wil liams Jr., a re tired restaura teur and real estate agent, died Sunday of heart failure at Slidell Memorial Hos pital. He was 77. Mr. Williams was born in New Orleans and lived there for many years and in Slidell for the past eight years. He was an Army Air Force veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Frances Kendrick Williams; two sons, Walter B. Williams III of Lima, Ohio, and William Thomas Williams of New Orleans; two daughters, Elizabeth W. Loftin of New Orleans and Iris Ann W. Rancatore; two brothers, John J. and Richard Petre, both of New Orleans; a sister, Iris W. Elfert; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. A funeral will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at First Pentecostal Church, 384 Robert Blvd., Slidell. Visitation will be today from 7 to 10 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

SYLVIA PERRER CHAMPAGNE

Sylvia Perrer Champagne, a retired deputy tax assessor in St. Charles Parish, died Monday of cancer at West Jefferson Medical Center. She was 62. Mrs. Champagne was born in Des Allemands and lived in Luling for the past 43 years. She worked as a deputy under Assessor Clyde "Rock" Gisclair. Survivors include her husband, Jerry Champagne; three sons, Gregory, Morris and Jerry Champagne Jr.; a daughter, Catherine Champagne Samaha; her mother, Elma Matherne Perrer; and two brothers, Eugene and Dean Perrer. A Mass will be said Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church on Lakewood Drive in Luling. Visitation will be today from 6 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 8 to 11 a.m. Burial will be in St. Charles Cemetery in Luling. Falgout Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

THELMA FLANAGAN CHEZARD

Thelma Flanagan Chezard, a homemaker, died Sunday at her home. She was 81. Mrs. Chezard was born in New Orleans and lived in Covington for the past month. Survivors include her husband, Errol Chezard. A private funeral was held. E.J. Fielding Funeral Home in Covington handled arrangements.

ANTHONY JOSEPH CIMO

Anthony Joseph Cimo, a retired staff sergeant in the Marine Corps, died Sunday of liver failure at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was 78. Staff Sgt. Cimo was born in New Orleans and lived in the city for the past 35 years. He attended Tulane University. He spent 20 years in the Marine Corps and was a communications technician. He was awarded the World War II Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He was a member of the American Legion. He is survived by a sister, Mary Cimo Freitag. A graveside service will be held Friday at 11:30 a.m. at the National Cemetery in Biloxi, Miss. L.A. Muhleisen & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

CHELSEY ELIZABETH DAVIS

Chelsey Elizabeth Davis died several hours after birth Sunday at Memorial Medical Center. Survivors include her parents, Ray and Lola Davis, and her grandparents, Isaac and Beverly Dupree. A graveside service will be held today at 1 p.m. at Garden of Memories, 4800 Airline Drive, Metairie. Louisiana Undertaking Co. is in charge of arrangements.

AUGUSTINE P. DOUGLAS

Augustine Pat terson Douglas, a homemaker, died Wednesday of a heart attack at Memorial Medi cal Center. She was 65. Mrs. Douglas was born in Magnolia, Miss., and lived in New Orleans. She was a member of Greater Macedonia Baptist Church. Survivors include a son, Charles Ray; three daughters, Marion Audrict, Joann Bass and Gloria Taylor; two sisters, Alice Patterson and Clementine Reed; 16 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Greater Macedonia Baptist Church, 2711 Danneel St. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Gertrude Geddes Willis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

WALTER `BAT MAN' FORD JR.

Walter "Bat Man" Ford Jr., a laborer in the steel industry, died Nov. 3 of undetermined causes at Earl K. Long Medical Center in Baton Rouge. He was 45. Mr. Ford was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was formerly in the Job Corps. He is survived by a sister, Troy Ann Thompson. A funeral will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Magee Funeral Home, 2141 Washington Ave. Visitation will begin Wednesday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Holt Cemetery.

A.D. `DKE' GEOGHEGAN IV

A.D. "DKE" Ge oghegan IV, a student at the University of New Orleans, died Sunday in a traffic accident on U.S. 90 in New Orleans. He was 20. Mr. Geoghegan was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He graduated from Metairie Park Country Day School. He was a pledge with Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and a member of Squires and Les Gallants. Survivors include his father, A.D. Geoghegan III; his mother, Susan Price Geoghegan; a sister, Ashley C. Geoghegan; and his grandparents, A.D. and Betty Geoghegan and Joyce and Henry Leroy. A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Visitation will begin Wednesday at noon. Burial will be in All Saints Mausoleum.

EUGENE HENRY SR.

Eugene Henry Sr., a self-employed painter, died Friday of lung cancer at his home. He was 67. Mr. Henry was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include two sons, Robert and Eugene Henry Jr.; a brother, Joseph Henry; and a sister, Edna Henry. A Mass will be said Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Dennis Mortuary, 1812 Louisiana Ave. Visitation will begin Wednesday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

JIMMY F. KING SR.

Jimmy F. King Sr., a retired heavy equipment operator, died Wednesday of heart failure at Tulane Univer sity Medical Center. He was 73. Mr. King was born in Rose Hill, Miss., and lived in New Orleans for many years. Survivors include two sons, Jimmy Frank King Jr. and Joseph Wheeler; four daughters, Freida Merriell, Geneva Cooley and Jacquelyn and Susan King; a sister, Beatrice Toran of Oakland, Calif.; 16 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home, 3933 Washington Ave. Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

JIMMY F. KING SR.

Jimmy F. King Sr., a retired heavy equipment operator, died Wednesday of heart failure at Tulane Univer sity Medical Center. He was 73. Mr. King was born in Rose Hill, Miss., and lived in New Orleans for many years. Survivors include two sons, Jimmy Frank King Jr. and Joseph Wheeler; four daughters, Freida Merriell, Geneva Cooley and Jacquelyn and Susan King; a sister, Beatrice Toran of Oakland, Calif.; 16 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home, 3933 Washington Ave. Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

HENRY SAMUEL MARCHAL

Henry Samuel Marchal, a re tired purchasing agent for Free port Sulphur Co., died Oct. 24 in Austin, Texas. He was 83. Mr. Marchal was born in New Orleans and lived there for many years and in Pass Christian, Miss., for five years and Austin for the past eight years. He graduated from Isidore Newman School and Tulane University, where he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He was a Navy officer during World War II. He also worked for Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co. He was a past president of the Greater New Orleans Purchasing Agents Association, a founding member of the Greater Octavia Street Husbands' Protective Association and a member of the Southern Yacht Club. Survivors include his wife, Merrill Marchal; three sons, G. Huber Wilkinson of Waco, Texas, and A. William and Hank Marchal of New Orleans; two daughters, Mamsie Manard of Mandeville and Malise Marchal of Austin; and six grandchildren. A private memorial service was held. Angel Mortuary in Austin handled arrangements.

VANCE McCRAY JR.

Vance McCray Jr., a retired master car penter, painter and Sheetrock finisher, died Sunday of unde termined causes at the Lutheran Home of New Orleans. He was 73. Mr. McCray was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include his wife, Audrey Thomas McCray; two sons, Vance McCray III and the Rev. Terrance A. McCray Sr.; four daughters, Emily M. Paul, Melissa Fisher, Gail Brown and Wanda Lombard; 16 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Dorothy Lawless Mortuary, 3825 Washington Ave. Visitation will be Wednesday from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

DOROTHY WILLIAMS MITCHELL

Dorothy Williams Mitchell, a homemaker, died Saturday of a heart attack at Ochsner Foun dation Hospital. She was 81. Mrs. Mitchell was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a member of Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries. Survivors include a daughter, Doris Scott; five brothers, Oscar, Charles, Riley, J.L. and Thomas Williams; a sister, Eloris Davis; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. A funeral will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries, 4400 St. Charles Ave. Visitation begins Wednesday at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Gaskin-Tilly Mortuary is handling arrangements.

BETTY HARRIS BICKFORD-QUINN

Betty Harris Bickford-Quinn, a retired Jeffer son Parish teacher, died Friday of cancer at Metropolitan Hospice. She was 58. Mrs. Bick ford-Quinn was born in Hazlehurst, Miss., and lived in River Ridge for the past 26 years. She was a member of Hickory Knoll Church of Christ and Naim. Survivors include her husband, Jack Quinn; a son, George Dick; her father, George Harris Jr.; her mother, Polly Smith Harris; and a grandchild. A funeral was held Monday at Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home in Metairie. Burial was in Holly Gardens Cemetery in Hammond.

HUNTER COLE RACINE

Hunter Cole Racine, a student at Riverdale High School, died Sat urday in a traffic accident in Jef ferson. He was 15. Mr. Racine was born in La fayette and lived in Jefferson for the past nine years. He worked at the Italian Pie in Harahan. Survivors include his father, James Ray Racine; his mother, Lisa Smith Racine; three brothers, C.W., Logan and Nils Racine; and his grandparents, Anna and Dewey Racine and Ellen and Cammie Smith Sr. A funeral will be held Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at L.A. Muhleisen & Son Funeral Home, 2929 Metairie Road, Metairie. Visitation will be today from 6 to 10 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Burial will be in Garden of Memories.

DOUGLAS E. SMITH

Douglas E. Smith, a retired watchmaker, died Thursday at Charity Hospital of injuries suffered in a traffic accident. He was 89. Mr. Smith was born in New York City and lived in Arabi. He was an Army veteran and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and a service stripe. Survivors include two daughters, Joan Guardalabene of Chalmette and Audrey Watts of Shreveport; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 10 a.m. at Tharp-Sontheimer-Laudumiey Funeral Home, 5001 Chef Menteur Highway. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in St. Bernard Memorial Gardens in Chalmette.

DIANE McCALLON ROSS

Diane McCallon Ross, a certified nurse's assistant for Diversified Health Service and Unique Home Health Care, died Friday of cancer at Uni versity Hospital. She was 43. Mrs. Ross was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She graduated from L.B. Landry High School, where she was a band member. She was a former employee of Security Home and Health Care. Survivors include her husband, Jimmie Ross Sr.; a son, Jimmie Ross Jr.; three daughters, Seletha Ross Ricard and Kelisha and Tam Ross; her mother, Eva Green McCallon; a brother, Charles McCallon; two sisters, Lorraine McGivens and Gail McCallon; and five grandchildren. A funeral will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church, 1525 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey. Burial will be in Restlawn Park. Murray Henderson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

ROBERT SCHOLL

Robert Scholl, a retired plumber, died Wednesday of a stomach an eurysm at Slidell Memorial Hos pital. He was 55. Mr. Scholl was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He attended Alcee Fortier High School and was a Navy veteran. Survivors include a daughter, Angela M. Scholl; his mother, Eileen Whittaker Scholl; a brother, Arthur Scholl Jr.; and a sister, Suzanne Johnson. Services were private. L.A. Muhleisen & Son Funeral Home handled arrangements.
 

ALVIN CURTIS SONNTAG

Alvin Curtis Sonntag, a driver for Service Cab Co,. died Friday of a heart attack at NorthShore Regional Medical Center in Slidell. He was 53. Mr. Sonntag was born in New Orleans and lived in Metairie. He was a former employee of the Fairmont Hotel. Survivors include a stepdaughter, Angel R. Turlan Houle of Seattle, and two sisters, Gloria D. Hickey of Englewood, Colo., and Rita D. Randell of New Orleans. A funeral will be held today at 11 a.m. at P. J. McMahon & Sons Funeral Home, 4800 Canal St. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.


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