Miscellaneous Orleans Parish, Louisiana Obituaries - 1999

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Jan. 7, 1999

Joe Louis `Papa' King, St. Bernard educator
Joe Louis "Papa" King, who taught in the St. Bernard Parish school system for 35 years, died Sunday of undetermined causes at Chalmette Medical Center. He was 63.
Mr. King was born in New Orleans and was a lifelong resident of Violet.
He received a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Southern University in Baton Rouge and a master's degree in education from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Mr. King's first teaching job was at Violet Consolidated School, an all-black school at the site of the current Millaudon School. In 1972, he moved to Chalmette Middle School, where he taught physical education for 23 years. He also was a track coach at the school.
He retired from teaching in 1993.
In an interview around the time of his retirement, Mr. King said teaching isn't a job people do for the money. "You have to be dedicated to the cause," he said. "You have to believe you can help change the lives of students, help motivate them."
Mr. King was director of recreation for Violet Park No.2 for many years. He also was the St. Bernard Parish Summer Camp director for the YWCA for several years.
He was a past board member of the American Red Cross and a member of the NAACP, the Louisiana Teachers Association and the Louisiana Educators Association.
Survivors include his wife, Audrey Watkins King; two sons, Reginald King of Alexandria, Va., and Thurman King; a daughter, JoAnn Ceaser; two brothers, Eddie Sr. and Israel King Sr.; and three grandchildren.
A funeral will be held Saturday at noon at Full Gospel Church of God in Christ, 1031 N. Claiborne Ave., New Orleans. Visitation will begin Saturday at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Merrick Cemetery in Violet.

Marjorie Booth Babin, a homemaker, died Tuesday at her home. She was 80. Mrs. Babin was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a member of Naim at St. Pius X Catholic Church. Survivors include a son, Arthur F. Babin III; four daughters, Bonny Maloney, Diane Lepler, Marjorie Dietz and Mary Beth Babin; a brother, Andrew Bradford Booth III; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said Friday at 11 a.m. at Bultman Funeral Home, 3338 St. Charles Ave. Burial will be in Hope Mausoleum.

Marie Therance Burns, a homemaker, died Saturday of cancer at her home. She was 77. Mrs. Burns was born in Donaldsonville and lived in New Orleans for the past 47 years. She was a former Avon sales representative. Survivors include her husband, Louis Burns; a son, Joe L. Burns; three daughters, Marie B. Stokes of Marrero, Dorothy Lacour and Katie M. Burns; three brothers, Clyde Therance of Denver, Vernon Therance of Donaldsonville and Frank Terrance; 20 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. A Mass will be said Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 8321 Burthe St. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. at Gaskin-Tilly Mortuary, 1225 N. Rampart St. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Beatrice Ferguson Butler, a retired seamstress, died Dec. 31 of undetermined causes at Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital. She was 90. Mrs. Butler was born in Woodville, Miss., and lived in New Orleans for the past 70 years. She was a member of the Holy Family Alumni Association. Survivors include three brothers, Jesse, James and Harrison Ferguson; two sisters, Leona Grimes and Lurline Collins; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. A memorial Mass will be said Saturday at 5 p.m. at St. John Berchman's Manor, 3400 St. Anthony Ave. Visitation will begin Saturday at 4 p.m. Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Myrtle Windfield Green, a homemaker, died Monday at West Jefferson Medical Center. She was 83. Mrs. Green was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a member of First Free Mission Baptist Church and its Stewardess Board. Survivors include a son, Herbert Green Jr.; a brother, Shelby Windfield Sr.; a sister, Audrey Faulkner-Fultz of East St. Louis, Ill.; two grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at First Free Mission Baptist Church, 426 Lamarque St., Algiers. Visitation will begin Saturday at 8 a.m. Burial will be in McDonoghville Cemetery in Gretna. Murray Henderson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Dr. Marvin H. Hack, a retired biochemistry professor, died Monday at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del. He was 81. Dr. Hack was born in Rochester, N.Y., and lived in New Orleans for 35 years and Dover, Del., for four years before moving to Smyrna, Del., 19 years ago. He received a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Chicago. He taught at Tulane University School of Medicine for 35 years and was the director of its Cardiovascular Training Program. He was a member of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and participated in many national and international scientific meetings. He published more than 200 articles in scientific journals. Survivors include his wife, Dr. Fatma M. Helmy of Smyrna; two sons, Michael Hack of New Orleans and Paul Hack of New Mexico; a daughter, Jeanne Gaudin of San Francisco; and four grandchildren. No funeral will be held. Visitation will be Friday at Torbert Funeral Chapel in Dover. Burial will be private.

Joan Hammond, a retired bank teller, died Saturday of myelodysplasia at a daughter's home. She was 80. Ms. Hammond was born in Eton, Ga., and lived in New Orleans for many years. Survivors include two sons, John Hammond of Marietta, Ga., and Frank Hammond of Princeton, N.J.; two daughters, Margaret Hopke of Carmel, Ind., and Rita Amedee; a brother, Russell Crawford of Blairsville, Ga.; a sister, Nelle Bell of Scottsdale, Ariz.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said Friday at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Atlanta. Burial will be in Westview Cemetery in Atlanta. Southcare Memorial Chapel in Smyrna, Ga., is in charge of arrangements.

The Rev. James A. Hopkins, a deacon at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Rome, Ga., died Tuesday of a heart attack at Redmond Regional Medical Center in Rome. He was 60. The Rev. Hopkins was born in New Orleans and lived in Rome since 1996. He was a former employee of LOOP Inc. He was ordained in 1980 and became one of the first married deacons in the Catholic Church. He formerly served at Holy Savior Church in Lockport. As a deacon, he preached at Sunday Masses, officiated at baptisms, marriages and funerals, and taught classes. Survivors include his wife, Gayle R. Hopkins; two sons, James A. Hopkins Jr. of Lafayette and Joseph H. Hopkins of Daytona Beach, Fla.; a daughter, Bridget Hopkins Turkett of Summerville, Ga.; a sister, Peggy M. Hopkins of New Orleans; and four grandchildren. A Mass will be said Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Rome. Burial will be Monday in Lake Lawn Cemetery in New Orleans. Daniel's Funeral Home in Rome is in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy May Lewis, a homemaker, died Friday of stomach cancer at University Hospital. She was 49. Ms. Lewis was born in Donaldsonville and lived in New Orleans for the past 32 years. Survivors include her companion, Joseph Wilson; a son, Edward Starks Jr.; a daughter, Helena Starks; two sisters, Ethel Leon Phillips of Kenner and Barbara Washington; her grandmother, Onita Mickens of Donaldsonville; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Friday at 8 p.m. at First Thessalonians Baptist Church, 840 Caffin Ave. Dismissal will be Saturday at 9 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Mount Bethel Cemetery in Donaldsonville. Heritage Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.

Louise "Ida" White Lewis, a homemaker, died Sunday at West Jefferson Medical Center. She was 75. Mrs. Lewis was born in Killona and lived in Marrero for the past 25 years. She was a member of Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church and its Senior Choir and Beautification Club and Queen Esther Chapter 33 of the Order of the Eastern Star. Survivors include three daughters, Victoria "Betty" and Dianne Lewis and Louise L. Aldridge; three brothers, Robert, Louis and Charles White; a sister, Catherine Simmons-Betz; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. A wake and funeral will be held Friday at 8 p.m. at Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church, 922 Estalote Ave., Harvey. Dismissal will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Restlawn Park in Avondale. Davis Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Melvin "Mickey" Marsh, a retired data coordinator for Boeing Co.'s missile program, died Monday of congestive heart failure at Slidell Memorial Hospital. He was 79. Mr. Marsh was born in Mobile, Ala., and lived in Slidell for the past 33 years. He spent 20 years in the Air Force, retiring as a master sergeant. He was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church and a volunteer at Slidell Memorial Hospital. Survivors include his wife, Aileen E. Marsh; a son, Daniel W. Marsh of Highlands, Texas; a daughter, Darlene P. Morgan; his mother, Lura D. Marsh of Chattanooga, Tenn.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 11 a.m. at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 360 Robert Blvd., Slidell. Burial will be in Biloxi National Cemetery in Biloxi, Miss. Schoen Funeral Home of Slidell is in charge of arrangements.

John Messina III, a waiter at Antoine's Restaurant, died Tuesday at his home. He was 23. Mr. Messina was born in New Orleans and lived in New Orleans and Covington. He graduated from Covington High School and attended Southeastern Louisiana University. He was a former employee of the Delta Queen Steamboat Co. Survivors include his father, John Messina Jr.; his mother, Deborah McNulty Messina Sells; his stepfather, Michael A. Sells; his stepmother, Darlene R. Messina; a brother, Mitchell Messina; his grandparents, Shirley S. Messina and Anna Digby McNulty; and his stepgrandparents, Delbert and Patricia Sells of Muskegon, Mich. A funeral will be held today at 1 p.m. at Lamana-Panno-Fallo Funeral Home, 1717 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

The Rev. Joseph Anotale Mitchell Jr., a minister and musician, died Dec. 31 of cancer at his home. He was 38. The Rev. Mitchell was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He attended Walter L. Cohen High School and graduated from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, the National Baptist Training Union, Christian Bible College of Louisiana and Touro School of Nursing. He was a member of the Louisiana Freemen General Baptist Association Chorus, the Young Men of Distinction Lodge No.1677 and Abiff Lodge No.2, AF&AM, and a former member of the Gospel Soul Children. He was a musician for Third Rose of Sharon, Pilgrim Progress and Star Bethel Baptist churches and several other local churches. Survivors include his father, Joseph Mitchell Sr., and a brother, Charles Nathaniel Mitchell. A musical tribute will be held Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Estelle J. Wilson Mortuary, 2715 Danneel St. Visitation will begin Friday at 5 p.m. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Third Rose of Sharon Baptist Church, 2132 Third St. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

Calogiro Anthony "Carlo" Montalbano Jr., owner and manager of the Maison Bourbon, died Sunday at his home. He was 27. Mr. Montalbano was a lifelong resident of Metairie. Survivors include a daughter, Courtney Marie Montalbano; his mother, Gabie Burnette Montalbano; a brother, Michael Montalbano; and a sister, Enrica-Anne M. Montalbano. A Mass will be said today at 2:30 p.m. at St. Clement of Rome Catholic Church, 4317 Richland St., Metairie. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Burial will be in All Saints Mausoleum in Metairie Cemetery.

James E. Payton, a retired truck driver for New Orleans Flooring, died Saturday of heart failure at his home. He was 77. Mr. Payton was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was a Navy veteran. He was a member of Second Mount Bethel Baptist Church, where he was an usher and a member of the Beautifying Club. Survivors include his wife, Gladys Payton; a son, Leon Anderson Sr.; two daughters, Yvette Burks and Bernadine Bellview; a sister, Beatrice Snowden of Chicago; nine grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren. A wake and funeral will be held Friday at 8 p.m. at Second Mount Bethel Baptist Church, 2525 Danneel St. Dismissal will be Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Estelle J. Wilson Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Mildred Jeff Perkins, a retired Orleans Parish school bus driver, died Monday of a stroke at Touro-Shakspeare Nursing Home. She was 62. Mrs. Perkins was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She graduated from Joseph S. Clark High School. Survivors include a daughter, Michelle Perkins Jones; her mother, Shirley B. Jeff; three brothers, Lee, Herbert and Freddie Jeff; six sisters, Ruth Celestine, Catherine Clark, Lillian Bates, Juanita Pounds, and Delores and Shirley B. Jeff; and three grandchildren. A funeral will be held Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Amozion Baptist Church, 907 Deslonde St. Visitation will begin Friday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park. Murray Henderson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Penelope "Penny" Fry Richards, an artist, died Dec. 27 of lung cancer at Touro Infirmary. She was 62. Mrs. Richards was born in Shreveport and lived in New Orleans for the past 20 years. She graduated from Byrd High School in Shreveport and the Parsons School of Design in New York. Survivors include a daughter, Pamela Jeter Comegys of Shreveport; two sisters, Cynthia Fry Drane of Colorado and Elizabeth Fry Franklin of Shreveport; and two grandchildren. No funeral was held. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery in Marshall, Texas. Bultman Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Gertrude W. Robinson, a homemaker, died Monday at her son's home. She was 83. Mrs. Robinson was born in Tchula, Miss., and lived in New Orleans for the past 50 years. She was a member of St. Matthew Missionary Baptist Church and its Deaconess Board. Survivors include a son, Allen G. Robinson; two brothers, Dennis Williams of Detroit and Willie T. Williams of Chicago; five sisters, Sendella Anderson of Kansas City, Kan., Louise Jones of Earle, Ark., and V.B. Hudson, Mary Davis and Thelma Perkins, all of Helena, Ark.; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at St. Matthew Missionary Baptist Church, 1826 Conti St. Visitation will begin Friday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Metairie Cemetery. Gaskin-Tilly Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Velma Brown Rose, a retired laundress for the former Jung Ho tel, died Sunday at JoEllen Smith Medical Center. She was 89. Mrs. Rose was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a member of Olive Branch Baptist Church and its Deaconess Board. Survivors include a sister, Doris Johnson. A wake and funeral will be held today at 8 p.m. at Olive Branch Baptist Church, 3222 DeArmas St., Algiers. Dismissal will be Friday at 10 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Murray Henderson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Austin P. Slaton, a mechanic for Bridgestone/Firestone Inc., drowned Dec. 24 in Santa Rosa Sound near Pensacola, Fla. He was 30. Mr. Slaton was born in Glendale, Ariz., and lived in Marietta, Ga., and Germany, among other places, before moving to Metairie. He graduated from Niceville High School in Niceville, Fla., where he was active in sports and the band, and attended the University of Southern Mississippi. He was a former Eagle Scout. Survivors include his companion, Lisa Delgado; his father, Samuel A. Slaton; his mother, Lucille M. Slaton; a brother, William E. Slaton of Port St. John, Fla.; and a sister, Kathryn R. Hurley of Texas. A funeral will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Visitation will be today from 6 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 9 to 10 a.m. Burial will be in Lake Lawn Park Cemetery.

Emma Gibson Thomas, a retired waitress at Sid-Mar's Restaurant, died Tuesday at Metairie Healthcare Center. She was 77. Mrs. Thomas was born in Pickton and lived in Metairie for the past 42 years. Survivors include her husband, James T. Thomas; three daughters, Versie Stanley McCain, Betty Stanley Impastato and Katherine Lisa Caldas; four brothers, Buck, Berl, Barney and Raymond "Pete" Moore; two sisters, Bernette Moore Markel and Dorothy Moore Ernest; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Friday at 9 a.m. at Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 4747 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Visitation will be today from 7 to 10 p.m. and Friday from 8 to 9 a.m. Burial will be in Garden of Memories.

O'Neil Walker, a retired truck driver for Ozone Water Co., died Dec. 31 of undetermined causes at his home. He was 74. Mr. Walker was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He attended Mount Zion Lutheran School. Survivors include his wife, Maggie Walker; five sons, Leonard, Leroy, Donald, Kenneth and Jeffery Walker; five daughters, Beverly Summers, Jeanette Joyce, Hilda Walker, Priscilla Rieux and Cynthia Graves; 21 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Greater Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church, 3321 First St. Visitation will begin Friday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Holt Cemetery. Gaskin-Tilly Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

James O. Williams Sr., a retired employee of the Southern Pacific Railroad, died Sunday of complications from a stroke at his home. He was 65. Mr. Williams was born in Delhi and lived in New Orleans most of his life. Survivors include four sons, James O. Williams Jr. and George, Billy and Terry King; three daughters, Bridgette Williams Variste, Dorothy Ann Bates and Tanya King Johnson; a brother, Nathaniel Williams Sr.; and 14 grandchildren. A funeral will be held Friday at noon at First Free Mission Baptist Church, 426 Lamarque St., Algiers. Visitation will begin Friday at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Westlawn Memorial Park. Murray Henderson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Edwin Charles Wimby Jr., a telex operator, died Sunday of kidney failure at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was 51. Mr. Wimby was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He graduated from Joseph S. Clark High School and attended Delgado Community College. He was an Army veteran. He was a former employee of Western Union and Central Gulf Steamship Co. Survivors include his wife, Darnell Cousin Wimby; two sons, Edwin C. Wimby Jr. II and Edwin C. Wimby Jr. III; five daughters, Lisa C. Rowel and Elise Charlene, Eileen Caprice, Elshaa C. and Ejell Chanice Wimby; his father, Earl C. Wimby Jr.; his mother, Postelle Durden Wimby; two brothers, Ellard C. and Earl C. Wimby III; a sister, Elayne Wimby Birch; and 18 grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 11 a.m. at Gaskin-Tilly Mortuary, 1225 N. Rampart St. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be private.


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