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Jan. 2, 1999

PAMELA ANNE ATKINSON

Pamela Anne Atkinson, a former beautician aboard Cunard Line ocean liners, died Dec. 24 of multiple organ failure at Ochsner Foundation Hospital. She was 61. Mrs. Atkinson was born in Bristol, England, immigrated to the United States in 1968, became a U.S. citizen in 1987 and lived in the Slidell area for many years. She attended Southville High School and the Bristol College of Technology. She was a member of the American Red Cross disaster team in Slidell and was active with the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency and the Ochsner Blood Bank. She received a liver transplant in 1993 and was a member of the Louisiana swim team at the U.S. Transplant Games in 1994, '96 and '98, winning medals each year. Survivors include her husband, Denis Atkinson; a stepdaughter, Anne O'Toole of England; and three stepgrandchildren. No funeral was held. She donated her body for transplantation. Schoen Funeral Home of Slidell handled arrangements.

ELLEN DUPLESSIS BERRY

Ellen Duplessis Berry, a retired licensed practical nurse, died Sunday of kidney failure at Memorial Medical Center. She was 57. Mrs. Berry was born in New Orleans and lived in Avondale for the past 30 years. She was a member of St. Andrew Baptist Church in Braithwaite. Survivors include her husband, Warren Berry; three daughters, Daphne Robertson Wessinger, Rhonda Berry Williams and Tyese Dakar Berry; her father, Arthur Duplessis; her mother, Mary-Belle Duplessis; a brother, Lance B. Duplessis; two sisters, Deborah Duplessis Cola and Veva Duplessis Richard; and seven grandchildren. A funeral will be held Sunday at 8 p.m. at St. Andrew Baptist Church in Braithwaite. Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Cooper-Glapion Funeral Home, 2201 Caffin Ave. Dismissal will be Monday at 10 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

SHEILA CARSON

Sheila Carson, a homemaker, died Dec. 16 of pulmonary hypertension at Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital. She was 35. Mrs. Carson was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses. Survivors include her husband, Michael Carson; her mother, Louella Addison; and three brothers, Willie, Leroy and Samuel Addison. A funeral was held Dec. 19 at the Riverside Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses Kingdom Hall. Burial was in Resthaven Memorial Park. Majestic Mortuary handled arrangements.

THOREN JOSEPH FELDER

Thoren Joseph Felder, a laborer, died Dec. 25 of a gunshot wound in the 700 block of Lesseps Street. He was 19. Mr. Felder was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He graduated from Frederick Douglass High School. Survivors include his companion, Michelle Jones; his father, Joseph Felder; his mother, Cheryl Williams; and his grandfather, Thomas Williams Sr. A funeral will be held today at 11 a.m. at D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home, 1716 N. Claiborne Ave. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

JENNIE CAPO GEMMOLVA

Jennie Capo Gemmolva, a homemaker, died Dec. 16 at East Jefferson General Hospital. She was 93. Mrs. Gemmolva was a lifelong resident of Kenner. Survivors include three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A Mass was said Dec. 19 at L.A. Muhleisen & Son Funeral Home in Kenner. Burial was in Metairie Cemetery.

FLOYD NEWTON WINDOM

Floyd Newton Windom, a painting contractor, died Thursday at St. Tammany Parish Hospital of injuries suffered in a traffic accident. He was 77. Mr. Windom was born in Ponchatoula and lived in Covington for the past 70 years. He was an Army veteran. He was a member of the American Legion and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. Survivors include his wife, Ruth McLain Windom; three sons, Malcolm Floyd, Tommy Ray and Calvin H. Windom; a daughter, Evelyn Prince; two stepsons, Paul and James Stewart; a sister, Lena Lee; 13 grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 2 p.m. at Schoen Funeral Home, 1414 S. Tyler St., Covington. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Garden of Pines Cemetery.

THELMA MARGARET NOULLET HAYES

Thelma Margaret Noullet Hayes, a homemaker, died Tuesday at Memorial Medical Center. She was 89. Mrs. Hayes was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a parishioner of St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church and a member of its Altar Society, the League of the Sacred Heart, Sodality of Our Lady and Light of the World Prayer Group. She received the Order of St. Louis Medallion from the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Survivors include four sons, Patrick F., Donald J., Michael J. and Stephen L. Hayes; and seven grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at 11:30 a.m. at St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church, 2212 Prentiss Ave. Visitation will begin at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Metairie Cemetery. Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

EMANUEL L. LAWRENCE

Emanuel L. Lawrence, an employee of Goodwill Industries, died Thursday of complications from colon surgery at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was 55. Mr. Lawrence was born in Mathews, grew up in New Orleans and lived in Los Angeles from 1965 to 1981 before returning to New Orleans. He graduated from George Washington Carver High School. He was a former employee of Everett & Jennings in Los Angeles. Survivors include his companion, Marva Evans; two daughters, Sharron Lawrence and Gwendolyn Meyers; his father, Welton Lawrence; his mother, Mildred Lawrence; his stepmother, Emma Lawrence; three brothers, Herbert and Morris Lawrence, both of California, and Willie Lawrence; a sister, Carol L. Preston; and two grandchildren. A funeral will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Greater Mount Rose Baptist Church, 1318 Simon Bolivar Ave. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

DOROTHY LEWIS MILLER

Dorothy Lewis Miller, a homemaker, died Tuesday of a heart attack at Ochsner Foundation Hospital. She was 80. Mrs. Miller was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She attended McDonogh No.35 High School. Survivors include two sons, Norman Jones Jr. and Louis David Miller III; five daughters, Greta Age, Mary Anderson, Edra Ballard, and Denise and Alison Thomas; a brother, Frank Lewis Jr.; three sisters, Lorena Merrimum, Florida Neal and Olevia L. Johnson; 19 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at 10 a.m. at Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home, 4127 S. Claiborne Ave. Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Lake Lawn Cemetery.

MARY LENA WICKS MUNCH

Mary Lena Wicks Munch, a homemaker, died Wednesday at Doctors Hospital of Jefferson. She was 79. Mrs. Munch was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She graduated from Mount Carmel Academy. She was a parishioner of St. James Major Catholic Church and a member of its Just for Fun Club. Survivors include three sons, William J., Otto J. and Fredrick "Rick" Munch Jr.; two daughters, Rosan M. Springman and Martha A. Munch; and eight grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at 1 p.m. at All Faiths Funeral Home, 5200 Canal Blvd. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Hope Mausoleum.

WILLIAM JOSEPH WESER JR.

William Joseph Weser Jr., a retired U.S. Postal Service supervisor, died Wednesday at his home. He was 89. Mr. Weser was born in New Orleans and lived in Metairie for the past 35 years. He was a parishioner of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church and a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees and City Park Tennis Club. Survivors include his wife, Nova Reina Weser; two daughters, Nova Ann W. Ferrara and Joan W. Balser; and six grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at 12:15 p.m. at Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home, 3827 Canal St. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Greenwood Mausoleum.

EDRO WILLIAMS JR.

Edro Williams Jr., a cook, died Dec. 24 of pneumonia at Charity Hospital. He was 41. Mr. Williams was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He graduated from L.B. Landry High School. Survivors include his father, Edro Williams Sr.; his mother, Virginia Jefferson Williams; two brothers, David and Fenton Williams; and five sisters, Joan, Patricia, Lillie and Demetrius Williams and Catina Fleming. A funeral will be held today at 11 a.m. at D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home, 3933 Washington Ave. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

Jan. 3, 1999

The Rev. Richard Murphy, professor, campus minister
The Rev. Richard Thomas Aquinas Murphy, who was a professor, author, campus minister and parish priest during 70 years as a Dominican friar, died Thursday at St. Dominic Priory in New Orleans. He was 90.
Father Murphy was born in Minneapolis and lived in New Orleans the past 25 years.
After studies at Providence College, he entered the Dominican Order in August 1928 at St. Rose Priory in Springfield, Ky., and received the religious name of Thomas Aquinas. He made his first profession as a friar in August 1929 and was ordained to the priesthood in June 1935 at St. Dominic Church in Washington, D.C.
He then began extensive graduate studies, receiving a doctorate in sacred theology from the Angelicum in Rome and a doctorate in sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Commission after studies at the Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem in 1950.
Upon completing his studies, Father Murphy was assigned to teach Scripture at the Dominican Houses of Studies in Washington, River Forest, Ill., and Dubuque, Iowa, from 1939 to 1966. He then became chaplain at King's College in London, Ontario, and the first pastor of Holy Spirit Parish at Western Ontario University.
In 1974, he was assigned to St. Dominic Parish in New Orleans, where he served as associate pastor and part-time chaplain for the Mount Carmel Motherhouse. He retired from the parish ministry in 1979 but continued to serve as chaplain for the Mount Carmel sisters for several years. In 1979, he joined the new Southern Dominican Province of St. Martin de Porres.
Father Murphy was the author of more than 10 books on Scripture, including "Background to the Bible" and "An Introduction to the Prophets of Israel," and many scholarly articles and translations.
In 1960, in recognition of his achievements as a teacher and scholar, the Dominican Order gave him its highest degree, master of sacred theology.
He was a member of the Catholic Biblical Association and the Society for Old Testament Study.
There are no immediate survivors.
A wake will be held today at 8 p.m. at St. Dominic Church, 775 Harrison Ave. A Mass will be said Monday at 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in the Dominican friars' cemetery in Rosaryville. Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

WILLIE ESTES-HICKS

Willie Estes-Hicks, a retired teacher, died Monday at Memorial Medical Center. She was 99. Mrs. Estes-Hicks was born in Mathersville, Miss., and lived in New Orleans the past 75 years. She graduated from Mathersville High School and attended Waynesboro College in Waynesboro, Miss. Survivors include a son, Nace Hicks Jr. of Tucson, Ariz.; seven daughters, Onita Estes-Hicks of New York City, Augusta Bayonne, Wilma Hicks, Marion Vaughn, Gladys Butler, Robertine Charles and Eloise Brown; 17 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; and a great-great-great-grandchild. A wake will be held Tuesday at 8 p.m. at D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home, 3933 Washington Ave. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Dismissal will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Little St. John Baptist Church, 2604 S. Rocheblave St. Visitation will be Wednesday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

JOSEPH 'BILL' FREDERICK JR.

Joseph "Bill" Frederick Jr., a retired ferryboat watchman for the Mississippi River Bridge Authority, died Thursday of heart failure at JoEllen Smith Medical Center. He was 69. Mr. Frederick was born in Braithwaite and lived in New Orleans for many years. He was a member of Second Rose of Sharon Baptist Church and its Usher Board and the Nazarene Benevolent Association. Survivors include his wife, Melvina Charles Frederick; a son, Joseph Frederick III; five daughters, Jozell Frederick, Nadine Wheeler, Katie Fernandez, Thaise Richardson and Antoinette Butler.; 28 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Murray Henderson Funeral Home, 1209 Teche St., Algiers. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Nazarene Cemetery in Algiers.

ALPHONSE GRIFFITH

Alphonse Griffith, a security guard at the New Orleans Fair Grounds, died Monday of undetermined causes at his home. He was 68. Mr. Griffith was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was a former supervisor at Kaiser Aluminum in Chalmette and a former guard for Vinson Guard Service. He attended Xavier University and was a former staff sergeant in the Air Force. Survivors include two daughters, Daphne Griffith Guidry and Leslie Griffith Larche; two brothers, John and Heural Griffith; a sister, Thelma Griffith Anderson; and two grandchildren. A Mass will be said Tuesday at 11 a.m. at St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church, 4700 Pineda St. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Boissiere-Labat Family Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

MAX GRITZMAN

Max Gritzman, a retired fireworks importer, died Friday of heart failure at his home. He was 82. Mr. Gritzman was born in Columbus, Miss., and lived in Metairie for the past 70 years. He was the president and owner of Westbank Import Co. in Gretna and a former board member of Gulf South Bank. He was an Army veteran. He was a parishioner of St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church and a member of its Men's Association. Survivors include his wife, Mary Gritzman; two daughters, Doris Buchman and Cindy LeBlanc; a sister, Ruth Berch; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Metairie Cemetery.

J.L. HOLLINGSWORTH

J.L. Hollingsworth, a retired district manager for Halliburton Services, died Thursday of a heart attack at his home. He was 67. Mr. Hollingsworth was born in Ball and lived in Harvey for the past 25 years. He worked for Halliburton for 37 years and also was co-owner of Statewide Transportation and Twin Air. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War and a member of the Tin Can Sailors. Survivors include two sons, Jim E. and Victor L. Hollingsworth; a daughter, Patricia Holcombe; a sister, Bethel Trimble; and a grandchild. A funeral will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Hixon Bros. Funeral Home in Pineville. Visitation will be today from 6 to 9 p.m. at Mothe Funeral Home, 7040 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero, and Monday from 4 to 9 p.m. at Hixon Bros. in Pineville. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Pineville.

MABLE HONORE

Mable Honore, a homemaker, died Thursday at her home. She was 86. Ms. Honore was born in Vacherie and lived in Marrero. Survivors include three sisters, Mercedes Honore, Daisy Thompson and Bernadette Williams. A Mass will be said Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, 455 Ames Blvd., Marrero. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in St. Philip Cemetery in Vacherie. Davis Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

LUCILLE 'MAMA CILLE' HOWARD JOSEPH

Lucille "Mama Cille" Howard Joseph, a retired cafeteria worker at Edwards Elementary School, died Tuesday at her home. She was 86. Mrs. Joseph was born in Napoleonville and lived in New Orleans for the past 37 years. Survivors include two sons, the Rev. Joseph Carcise and Edward Henry Joseph; three daughters, Ethel Mae Lawrence, Lois E. Charles and Hilda Spriggens; 40 grandchildren; 79 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Monday at 9 a.m. at St. James A.M.E. Church, 222 N. Roman St. Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park. Gaskin-Tilly Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

ZEOLIA W. LESTRICK

Zeolia W. Lestrick, a homemaker, died Tuesday of heart failure at West Jefferson Medical Center. She was 89. Ms. Lestrick was born in Houma and lived in Westwego for the past 70 years. She was a member of Little Zion Baptist Church No.3 and its choir. She is survived by a niece. A funeral will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Little Zion Baptist Church No.3, 441 Wilson St., Marrero. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Restlawn Park in Avondale. Gertrude Geddes Willis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

DORIS SMITH McBRIDE

Doris Smith McBride, a homemaker, died Dec. 25 at her home. She was 78. Mrs. McBride was born in Belle Rose and lived in Westwego for the past 30 years. Survivors include a son, Juniors McBride of Marrero; two daughters, Beverly McGee of Harvey and Gertie John; 30 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 1419 Fourth St., Westwego. Burial will be in Green Street Cemetery. Davis Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

LEONA THERIOT MOUTON

Leona Theriot Mouton, a homemaker, died Thursday of heart failure at Chalmette Medical Center. She was 75. Mrs. Mouton was born in New Orleans and lived in Arabi the past 43 years. Survivors include a daughter, Elizabeth Mouton Couture; a brother, Ernest Theriot; two sisters, Geraldine Payne and Lorraine Perret; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. A Mass will be said Monday at 12:30 p.m. at Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home, 3827 Canal St. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in St. Bernard Memorial Gardens.

JOSEPH W. 'BILL' MULLER JR.

Joseph W. "Bill" Muller Jr., a retired assistant manager for Zales Jewelers, died Friday at his home. He was 79. Mr. Muller was born in New Orleans and lived in Metairie for the past 46 years. He was a former salesman for Stephens Chevrolet. He was an Army Air Corps technical sergeant during World War II. Survivors include his wife, Emilda Marrero Muller; two sons, Wayne M. and Van A. Muller; a brother, Ronald J. Muller; a sister, Clare Elfert; and five grandchildren. A funeral will be held Monday at 2 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 Mausoleum.

MURIEL 'PAT' 'SING' MEYNARD PLAISANCE

Muriel "Pat" "Sing" Meynard Plaisance, a homemaker, died Wednesday at her home. She was 77. Mrs. Plaisance was born in Opelousas and lived in Avondale for the past 30 years. She was a parishioner of St. Bonaventure Catholic Church. Survivors include seven sons, Russell C., Walter F., Robert M., James J., Charles Michael, Donald and Fernand J. Plaisance Jr.; a daughter, Muriel "Lue" Plaisance Fernandez; 17 grandchildren; many stepgrandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said Monday at 11 a.m. at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Visitation will be today from 6 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 9 to 11 a.m. Burial will be in Lake Lawn Park Cemetery.

SALVADORE 'SAM' PORTERA

Salvadore "Sam" Portera, retired operator of Portera Service Station in Destrehan, died Friday at his home. He was 92. Mr. Portera was born in Hahnville and lived in Destrehan for the past 83 years. He was a St. Charles Parish jury commissioner for 49 years. Survivors include a son, Salvadore Portera Jr.; two daughters, Dina Jumonville and Mary Ann Luke; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. A Mass will be said Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church on River Road in Destrehan. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in the church mausoleum. Alexander Funeral Home in Lutcher is in charge of arrangements.

NORMA HARNEY RYAN

Norma Harney Ryan, a retired PBX supervisor at the Sears, Roebuck and Co. store in Gentilly Woods, died Friday at NorthShore Regional Medical Center in Slidell. She was 87. Mrs. Ryan lived in New Orleans all her life until moving to Pearl River a year ago. She graduated from Francis T. Nicholls High School. She also was a former PBX operator for South Central Bell Telephone Co. and Falstaff Brewery. She was a parishioner of Resurrection of Our Lord Catholic Church and a member of its Life and Lively Group, the Sears Retiree Group and American Association of Retired Persons Chapter 3385. Survivors include a son, Emmett L. "Larry" Ryan Jr.; three daughters, Gerry Pat Ryan Bagert, Ruth Anne Ryan Bagert and Maureen Ryan Fulham; a sister, Ora Hadley; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. A Mass will be said Monday at 2 p.m. at All Faiths Funeral Home, 5200 Canal Blvd. Visitation will begin at noon. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

MARY ELIZABETH BOLAR SANDERS

Mary Elizabeth Bolar Sanders, a homemaker, died Monday of heart failure at Memorial Medical Center. She was 71. Mrs. Sanders was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include her husband, William Sanders; a son, Jeffery Bolar; a brother, John Bolar Jr.; two sisters, De Esther Lee Joseph and Albertha Walker; and seven grandchildren. A wake and funeral will be held Monday at 8 p.m. at Dorothy Lawless Mortuary, 3825 Washington Ave. Dismissal will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Carrollton Cemetery.

CHARLES ELTON SOMERS

Charles Elton Somers, a retired senior marketing analyst for Gulf Oil Co., died Friday of cancer at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, Okla. He was 83. Mr. Somers was born in New Orleans and lived in Tulsa the past 34 years. He worked for Gulf for 29 years. He graduated from Tulane University. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific, and former member of the Louisiana National Guard. He was a member of the Holy Family Cathedral Choir, the Knights of Columbus and the Order of the Alhambra. Survivors include his wife, Muriel Dussom Somers; two daughters, Shelly Somers Kennedy of Norman, Okla., and Lynne Somers Butterworth; and three grandchildren. A wake will be held today at 7 p.m. at Fitzgerald Funeral Home in Tulsa. A Mass will be said Monday at 10 a.m. at Holy Family Cathedral in Tulsa. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Tulsa.

LOUIS JOHN SPERA JR.

Louis John Spera Jr., a retired master sheet-metal mechanic for American Cyanamid, died Friday of heart disease at West Jefferson Medical Center. He was 78. Mr. Spera was born in Harvey and lived in Gretna for the past 70 years. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Marguerite Taravella Spera; two sons, David Louis and Stephen John Spera; a daughter, Mary Catherine Dixon; two brothers, Jake and Peter Spera; two sisters, Agnes Taravella and Rita Marcotte; and six grandchildren. A Mass will be said Monday at 10 a.m. at Mothe Funeral Home, 2100 West Bank Expressway, Harvey. Visitation will be today from 6 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 8 to 10 a.m. Burial will be in Westlawn Memorial Park in Gretna.

JASON L. STAMPS

Jason L. Stamps, an employee of Classic Fireworks in Mandeville, died Thursday in an explosion in Harvey while helping to set up a New Year's Eve fireworks display. He was 24. Mr. Stamps was born in New Orleans and lived in Slidell the past 18 years. He graduated from Northshore High School and was attending the University of New Orleans. He was an Army veteran. Survivors include his father, Leighton E. Stamps; his mother, Diane Cranisky Stamps; two brothers, Justin and Christopher Stamps; a sister, Lauren Stamps; and his grandparents, Edward and Yolanda Cranisky of Orlando, Fla., and Ranzie and Florence Stamps. A funeral will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Honaker Funeral Home, 1751 Gause Blvd. West, Slidell. Visitation will be Monday from 7 to 10 p.m. and Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.m. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

WILLIAM JOSEPH THILBORGER III

William Joseph Thilborger III, a retired industrial tool salesman, died Friday of cancer at his home. He was 58. Mr. Thilborger was born in New Orleans and lived in Metairie until moving to Covington a month ago. He graduated from De La Salle High School and Southeastern Louisiana University. He worked for Service Tool & Supply Co. in Harahan for more than 20 years. He also was a former employee of Branton Insulation. He was a parishioner of St. Clement of Rome Catholic Church. He was a former member of the Air Force Reserve. He volunteered as an English teacher at a seminary in Veszprem, Hungary, and as a coach for the St. Catherine of Siena youth cabbage ball league. Survivors include his wife, Rosalie Gautreaux Thilborger; two sons, Kevin Michael and Chad Steven Thilborger; and a sister, Cathy Thilborger Levy of Slidell. A Mass will be said Monday at 10 a.m. at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Visitation will be today from 6 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 8 to 10 a.m. Burial will be in Metairie Cemetery.

ARTHURINE A. WEATHERS

Arthurine A. Weathers, a homemaker, died Monday of respiratory failure at Touro Infirmary. She was 70. Ms. Weathers was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She attended Booker T. Washington High School. She was a parishioner of St. Peter Claver Catholic Church. Survivors include a son, William "Bo" Weathers Jr., and two grandchildren. A Mass will be said Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, 1923 St. Philip St. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Holt Cemetery. Boissiere-Labat Family Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

JOHN McKISSIC 'TUGGIE' WATTS-WESTBROOK

John McKissic "Tuggie" Watts-Westbrook, a laborer, died Dec. 27 of asphyxiation at his mother's home. He was 32. Mr. Watts-Westbrook was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He attended G.W. Carver High School. He was a former employee of American Waste Co. and Woolworth's. Survivors include two sons, "Baby" John Getteridge and "Lil" Brian Hill; his mother, Elaine Watts; a brother, James Watts; three sisters, Rosalind, Rhonda and Robin Watts; and his great-grandmother, Lizzie Foster of Tucson, Ariz. A funeral will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home, 1716 N. Claiborne Ave. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

JOYCE ROSE WILLIAMS-WILLIAMS

Joyce Rose Williams-Williams, a data operation coordinator for the city of New Orleans, died Wednesday of complications from asthma at Lakeland Medical Center. She was 57. Mrs. Williams-Williams was born in Napoleonville and lived in New Orleans the past 54 years. She worked for the city for 32 years. Survivors include her husband, Andrew Joseph Williams; a daughter, Cherina Williams-Thomas; two brothers, Aaron G. and Gerald V. Williams Sr.; and four sisters, Eula Mae Goodenough of Pontiac, Mich., Althea W. Neason, Deloris Marva W. Jones and Brenda B. Williams. A Mass will be said Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Raymond Catholic Church, 3738 Paris Ave. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Lake Lawn Cemetery. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

NICHOLAS F. CHAPPETTA SR.

Nicholas F. Chappetta Sr., a retired driver for Central Truck Lines, died Thursday of a heart attack at Slidell Memorial Hospital. He was 72. Mr. Chappetta was born in New Orleans and lived in Slidell for the past 42 years. He was a member of Teamsters Local Union No.270. Survivors include his wife, Margaret A. "Marguerite" Chappetta; four sons, Nick Chappetta Jr. of Portland, Ore., Lloyd "Cush" Chappetta of Franklinton, Thomas Chappetta of Irondale, Ala., and Norman Chappetta; three daughters, Margaret C. "Lucy" Coulon and Angela C. "Angel" Godin, both of Leeds, Ala., and Karen C. Davidson of Guntersville, Ala.; a brother, August "Dee-Dee" Chappetta of Covington; two sisters, Kathleen McClure of Hudsonville, Mich., and Patricia Lataex of Chalmette; 21 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said Monday at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 313 Westchester Place, Slidell. Visitation will be today from 7 to 10 p.m., with a vigil service at 8 p.m., at Honaker Funeral Home, 1751 Gause Blvd. West, Slidell, and Monday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

MONA GIANELLONI DRAGO

Mona Gianelloni Drago, a homemaker, died Thursday of heart failure at Kenner Regional Medical Center. She was 69. Mrs. Drago was born in New Orleans and lived in Kenner the past 13 years. She was a parishioner of Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church and a member of the church's Ladies Auxiliary and a former member of the Chateau Estates Lions Club. Survivors include her husband, Rosario Drago; a son, Jay Drago; three daughters, Kathy LaFitte, Debbie Drago and Sheila Reine; her mother, Miriam Kocke; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A memorial Mass will be said Tuesday at 7 p.m., preceded by a recitation of the rosary, at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, 3325 Loyola Drive, Kenner.

CHARLES RICHARD BAQUET JR.

Charles Richard Baquet Jr., a retired maintenance engineer for the city of New Orleans and Xavier University, died Wednesday at his home. He was 79. Mr. Baquet was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a parishioner of St. Peter Claver Catholic Church and a member of the Bacatown Community Development Corp., All Congregations Together, the New Orleans Police Foundation and Neighborhood Watch. Survivors include his wife, Lucille Duminy Baquet; two sons, Glen and Charles Baquet III; two daughters, Linda and Andrea Baquet; a sister, Irene Dapremont; and seven grandchildren. A Mass will be said Tuesday at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, 1923 St. Philip St. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in St. Roch Cemetery No.2. Boissiere-Labat Family Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

RUFUS WILLIAM BRUNSON

Rufus William Brunson, a retired store manager for National Tea Co., died Friday at Doctors Hospital of Jefferson. He was 86. Mr. Brunson was born in Bordelonville and lived in New Orleans. He was a member of Mount Moriah Lodge No.59 and a member and senior deacon of Lakeview Baptist Church. He was a retired member of the New Orleans Police Reserve. Survivors include his wife, Edna Mitchell Brunson; two sons, James L. Brunson of Metairie and William W. Brunson; a daughter, Miriam Ann Allen of Shreveport; a brother, Charles Gordon Brunson of Metairie; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at McDonald Funeral Home, 401 W. Canal St., Picayune, Miss. Visitation will begin Monday at noon. Burial will be in New Palestine Cemetery in Picayune.

WILLIAM LeMOYNE CARPENTER JR.

William LeMoyne Carpenter Jr., a chartered property and casualty underwriter and risk manager for Stewart Enterprises, died Thursday of undetermined causes at East Jefferson General Hospital. He was 53. Mr. Carpenter was born in New Orleans and lived in Metairie for 20 years and in Kenner for the past four years. He graduated from the University of New Orleans. He was a member of the New Orleans Insurance Institute, the New Orleans Claims Association and the Association of Risk Managers. Survivors include his wife, Linda R. Carpenter; a son, William L. Carpenter III; four daughters, Clare C. Muscarello and Elizabeth L., Lauren A. and Courtney M. Carpenter; his mother, Anna D. Carpenter; a brother, Gary P. Carpenter; and a sister, Nancy C. Colomb. A Mass will be said Monday 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.

DELCINA 'BOBO' 'GRANNY' CARRIERE

Delcina "Bobo" "Granny" Carriere, a retired clerk at Hotel Dieu, died Monday of a heart attack at Touro Infirmary. She was 75. Mrs. Carriere was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a member of St. James Methodist Church of Louisiana, its Beautifying Club and Ladies Aid Society, and the Reality House Senior Citizens. Survivors include a daughter, Beverly T. Gamble; two sisters, Mary Belle Douglas of Berkeley, Calif., and Anna Mae Wills; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 8 p.m. at St. James Methodist Church of Louisiana, 1925 Ursulines Ave. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Dismissal will be Monday at 10 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park. Gaskin-Tilly Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

HELEN FIORELLA CAVALIER

Helen Fiorella Cavalier, a homemaker, died Tuesday of heart failure at Charity Hospital. She was 83. Mrs. Cavalier was born in Biloxi, Miss., and lived in New Orleans for more than 80 years. Survivors include four sons, Roy T., Ronald M. and Donald J. Picou and Dennis Cavalier; three stepsons, Ronald, Howell and Gary Cavalier; a brother, Henry J. Fiorella Jr.; 10 grandchildren; 18 stepgrandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said Monday at 11 a.m. at Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home, 3827 Canal St. Visitation will be today from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 9 to 11 a.m. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

EDDIE DAVIS

Eddie Davis, a truck driver for BFI, died Dec. 24 of cancer at Metropolitan Health Center. He was 51. Mr. Davis lived in New Orleans most of his life. He attended Batchelor High School in Fayette, Miss. Survivors include his wife, Louise Davis; eight sons, Freddie, Jerome, Willie, Eddie, Frank, Kimombwa, Kawaynne and Kamial Davis; three daughters, Anna, Angela and Joy Davis; two brothers, Joe Willie Hawkins and David Johnson; seven sisters, Fannie Mae Magee, Johnetta Boyd, Karen Puttman and Debra, Betty, Bertha and Elizabeth Johnson; and 12 grandchildren. A funeral will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Dorothy Lawless Mortuary, 3825 Washington Ave. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

JOYCE MARGARET JEANMARIE DeROUEN

Joyce Margaret Jeanmarie DeRouen, a retired licensed practical nurse at Charity Hospital, died Dec. 26 of cancer at Memorial Medical Center. She was 66. Mrs. DeRouen was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a nurse for 32 years. Survivors include her husband, Harrison DeRouen; a daughter, Trina Williams; a brother, Henry Jeanmarie Jr.; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. at McMahon-Coburn-Briede Funeral Home, 600 Moss St. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in St. Louis Cemetery No.3.


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