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Jan. 8, 1999

Henry F. Bonura, 74, developer of Lakefront 
Henry F. Bonura, a retired developer who built several Lakefront subdivisions and ran Fitzgerald's Restaurant for more than a decade, died Thursday of dementia at Metropolitan Hospice. He was 74.
A lifelong resident of New Orleans, Mr. Bonura developed the Vista Park, Anna Terrace and Lake Groves Park subdivisions. He also built many homes in other subdivisions and several motels in eastern New Orleans, and designed and built the Lake Terrace Shopping Center at Robert E. Lee Boulevard and Paris Avenue.
The shopping center was built in 1964, the same year Mr. Bonura built the House of Studies for seminarians of the Holy Cross Fathers on Audubon Street.
"The background he had in construction and real estate development led to the success of the Greater New Orleans Homestead Savings and Loan Association," said Larry Le Bon III, president of the association. Mr. Bonura was a member of the Jefferson Parish thrift's board of directors for 25 years.
In the 1970s, Mr. Bonura began a second career as a restaurateur. He owned and operated Fitzgerald's, a seafood restaurant at West End, from 1974 to 1989.
Mr. Bonura graduated from St. Aloysius High School, where he was a member of its basketball team that won the state championship in 1941.
He was a member of Knights of Columbus Cardinal Gibbons Council No.2918, the Greater New Orleans Italian Cultural Society and the New Orleans Athletic Club.
Survivors include his wife, Pamela Rabe Bonura; a daughter, Pamela Bonura Wakeman; two brothers, John M. and Joseph H. Bonura Jr.; and three grandchildren.
A funeral will be held Saturday at noon at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Metairie Cemetery.

Louis P. Munster, 77, police juror, developer 
Louis P. Munster, a real estate developer who also spent 44 years as a St. Bernard Parish constable and later Police Jury member, died Thursday of kidney failure and heart complications at East Jefferson General Hospital. He was 77.
Mr. Munster was born in New Orleans and lived in St. Bernard Parish all his life. He graduated from Joseph Maumus High School.
He was an elected constable from 1948 to 1960, when he began a 32-year stint on the parish Police Jury, St. Bernard's form of government until 1992. He was defeated by Scott Wolfe in a 1991 election for a seat on the Parish Council.
Mr. Munster was president of the Police Jury in 1980-81 and 1986-87.
"He was one of the best politicians and best businessmen I ever met," said St. Bernard Sheriff Jack Stephens, who was chief administrative officer for parish government while Mr. Munster was president of the Police Jury. "I considered him a friend, and there was no one more responsible than Louie Munster for me being sheriff.
"When he was at the zenith of his political strength, he gave me 100 percent of his support. We had (political) disagreements about things, but they were never personal."
As police jurors, Stephens said, Mr. Munster and his colleagues "were administrators of the way government was conducted. They had their own ward crews. Louie Munster used to ride his ward every day. He would come in every morning with a fistful of notes he had made" about things to do.
Mr. Munster served on many other public bodies during his political career.
He was a former member of the Regional Planning Commission, secretary of the Lake Borgne Levee District in the mid-1960s and a member of the Louisiana Insurance Rating Commission in the 1970s. He also was a member of the Mississippi River Bridge Authority and the executive board of the Louisiana Police Jury Association.
Among his causes during his political career was securing ferry service for Chalmette.
As a real estate developer, Mr. Munster developed many streets in Chalmette and Meraux, including the Cypress Gardens subdivision.
Survivors include his wife, Agnes Creely Munster; a son, Louis J. Munster; and four grandchildren.
A Mass will be said today at 3 p.m. at St. Mark Catholic Church, 3024 Charles Drive, Chalmette. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at St. Bernard Memorial Funeral Home, 701 W. Virtue St., Chalmette. Burial will be in St. Bernard Memorial Gardens.

William H. Bradley Sr., a retired construction worker, died Tuesday of heart failure at University Hospital. He was 51. Mr. Bradley was born in Pachuta, Miss., and lived in New Orleans for the past 48 years. He graduated from G.W. Carver High School. He was a member of Ray Avenue Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Geraldine Bradley; two sons, Ernest E. and William H. Bradley Jr.; three daughters, Latasha, Shantrell and Tamieka Bradley; his father, Eugene Bradley; his mother, Ruth Snow; three brothers, Ernest, Nixon and Billy Bradley; five sisters, Sara, Ermagene, Burdia, Catherine and Rose Bradley; and 10 grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Ray Avenue Baptist Church, 4712 Ray Ave. Visitation will begin Saturday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park. McMahon-Coburn-Briede Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Raymond Bright, a nurse's aide at JoEllen Smith Convales cent Center, died Saturday of asphyxia at his home. He was 59. Mr. Bright was born in New Orleans and lived in Marrero most of his life. He graduated from Lincoln High School and attended Southern University. He was an Army veteran and a member of New Hope Baptist Church. Survivors include a brother, Isaac S. Bright Jr. of Algiers, and two sisters, Bessie Cambrice of Algiers and Theresa Bright Bartholomew of Renton, Wash. A funeral will be held today at 10 a.m. at Davis Mortuary, 6820 West Bank Expressway, Marrero. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

Walter Brister, a retired farmer, died Monday at Ferncrest Manor Nursing Home. He was 97. Mr. Brister was born in Tylertown, Miss., and lived there for many years before moving to New Orleans a few years ago. He was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church in Tylertown and its Deacon Board. Survivors include his wife, Willahdean Brister; a son, Theodore Brister of San Francisco; four daughters, Sena Mae Lewis of Baton Rouge, Lelamae Smith, Laverne Hughes and Leonteen Mark; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Tylertown. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery in Tylertown. Washington Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Larry Brown, an employee of Lawson-Rollins Purple Shield Funeral Home, died Sunday of pneumonia at Riverview Medical Center in Gonzales. He was 52. Mr. Brown was born in Convent and lived in Gonzales. Survivors include his wife, Ollie Brown; 12 sons; 11 daughters; his father, Walter Thomas; his mother, Emelda Seio; his stepfather, Willie Brown; his stepmother, Dorothy Thomas; 14 brothers; 11 sisters; and 30 grandchildren. Visitation will be today from 3 to 8 p.m. at Lawson-Rollins Purple Shield Funeral Home in Gonzales. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at New St. Peter Baptist Church in Darrow. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Allen "Snook" Butler Sr., a retired Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff's Office deputy, died Jan. 1 of a heart attack at Touro Infirmary. He was 68. Mr. Butler was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was a former New Orleans police officer. He was a founder, organizer and director of the Macedonia Male Chorus, a member of the Macedonia Gospel Singers and Gloryland Gospel Singers, and a lead singer for the Zion Harmonizers and Christian Brothers gospel groups. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, the Magnolia State Peace Officers Association and the Elks. He received a certificate of merit from the Criminal Sheriff's Office, the Grand Staff Award for Best Quartet from the Gospel Music Workshop of America and the Herbert Lee Johnson Award for Outstanding Contribution to Gospel Music. Survivors include his wife, Doretha Ford Smith Butler; a son, Hugh Smith of Atlanta; eight daughters, Audrey Butler King, Ophelia Butler Warrick, Aldonia Butler Cooper, Acquelyn Donsereaux, Sherilyn Smith, Huerilyn Smith, Danielle Harris and Sheila Butler; a sister, Eva Lewis of Dutchtown; 20 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. A musical tribute will be held today at 7 p.m., followed by a wake at 9 p.m., at Macedonia Baptist Church, 2810 Erato St. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Clarence J. Butscher, a retired menswear buyer for Wright's Clothing Store, died Wednesday of congestive heart failure at his home. He was 86. Mr. Butscher was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was a former star first baseman for the Bemis Bag Co. and El Cubo baseball teams. Survivors include his wife, Elora Schreiner Butscher; two sons, Karl J. and Thomas G. Butscher; two daughters, Carol Butscher Butcher and Diana Marie Butscher; and three grandchildren. A Mass will be said Saturday at 11 a.m. at L.A. Muhleisen & Son Funeral Home, 2929 Metairie Road, Metairie. Visitation will be today from 7 to 9:30 p.m., with recitation of the rosary at 7 p.m., and Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

Langdon French Cain, an auto restorer, died Wednesday of lung cancer at his home. He was 50. Mr. Cain was born in Babylon, N.Y., and lived in New Orleans for 32 years and in Jefferson for the past 10 years. He was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. Survivors include his companion, Terry Vairin, and two sisters, Deborah B. Mykolyk of Long Beach, Miss., and Wendy Cain of Tea, Mo. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at 375 Jefferson Ave., Slidell. Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Myrtle DeGruy Candiff, a homemaker, died Wednesday at her home. She was 83. Mrs. Candiff was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She graduated from St. Mary's Academy. Survivors include a son, Ronald Peter Candiff; two daughters, Doris Candiff Grant and Sharon Candiff Gonzales; a brother, Herbert DeGruy Sr.; 14 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said Saturday at 10 a.m. at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 1935 St. Roch Ave. Visitation will begin Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Burial will be in St. Roch Cemetery. Charbonnet-Labat Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Callie Neva Cline, a homemaker, died Jan. 1 of heart failure at Ochsner Foundation Hospital. She was 88. Mrs. Cline was born in Melville and lived in New Orleans for more than 50 years. She was a member of Gloryland Mount Gillion Baptist Church. Survivors include a niece and two nephews. A wake will be held today at 7 p.m. at Gloryland Mount Gillion Baptist Church, 1515 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Dismissal will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Majestic Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Queen Elizabeth Collins, a housekeeper at a TraveLodge Motel, died Dec. 31 of kidney failure at Integrated Health Services in Marrero. She was 55. Ms. Collins was born in Gordon, Ala., and lived in New Orleans for the past 50 years. Survivors include a son, Rodney Collins; two brothers, Johnny and Randolph Collins; six sisters, Dora Sims of Texas, Dorothy Ruth Moore of Florida, Briddie Couto, Jean West, Mildred Streams and Artine Martin; and a grandchild. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at First Pentecostal Church, 122 N. Dorgenois St. Visitation will begin Saturday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Dennis Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Dora DeFrance, a homemaker, died Sunday at her home. She was 83. Mrs. DeFrance was born in Sibley, Miss., and lived in New Orleans for the past 50 years. She was a member of Bethel Chapter No.234 of the Order of the Eastern Star. Survivors include her husband, Otis DeFrance; four brothers, Jake, Frances, Tom and Calvin King; and two sisters, Julia McFarland and Mary L. Dixon. A funeral will be held today at 8 p.m. at First Greater St. James Baptist Church, 4227 Erato St. Burial will be in Mount Sinai Baptist Church Cemetery in Sibley. Louisiana Undertaking Co. is in charge of arrangements.

Sidney Martin DeJean, a retired chef for Chez Helene restaurant, died Tuesday at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was 80. Mr. DeJean was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was a World War II veteran. Survivors include a daughter, Joyce DeJean Johnson; a brother, Lester DeJean; a sister, Helen D. Pollock; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church, 5029 Louisa Drive. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in St. Roch Cemetery No.2. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Adolphus "Boy" Dickerson, a retired stock clerk supervisor for Woolworth's, died Monday at Memorial Medical Center. He was 76. Mr. Dickerson was born in Pike County, Miss., and lived in New Orleans for more than 50 years. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He worked for Woolworth's for 25 years. Survivors include his wife, Eleanor Allen Dickerson; four daughters, Barbara Ann Dickerson, Linda Dickerson Cain, Desiree Dickerson Lewis and Greta Lizet Dickerson Walker; a brother, I.W. Dickerson; a sister, Cornelia Dickerson Taylor of Magnolia, Miss.; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Visitation will be today from 6 to 8 p.m. at Tulane Memorial Baptist Church, 3601 Paris Ave. A funeral will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Kelly Missionary Baptist Church in Osyka, Miss. Burial will be in the Osyka church's cemetery. Richardson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Gwendolyn Hensley Duchane, a licensed practical nurse, died Monday of liver cancer at Lakeland Medical Center. She was 46. Mrs. Duchane was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a Navy veteran of the Gulf War. She was a lead soprano with the Gospel Soul Children, a backup singer for Lyle Henderson and a former member of the Desire Community Choir. Survivors include her companion, Andrew Smith; two sons, Alvin and Rahsaan Duchane; three stepsons, Raymond, Kevin and Calvin Duchane; a stepdaughter, Nicole Duchane; three brothers, Willie, Jarvis and Joseph Dedmond; and four grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at First Emanuel Baptist Church, 1829 Carondelet St. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park. Gaskin-Tilly Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Lester Ellis, a retired boiler operator, died Wednesday at Slidell Guest House Nursing Home. He was 89. Mr. Ellis was born in Bluefields, Nicaragua, and lived in Slidell for many years. Survivors include his wife, Earcel Ellis; two sons, Norman and Alton Ellis; and a daughter, Loudell Robb Newball. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at New Life Missionary Baptist Church, 1247 Jaycee Drive, Slidell. Burial will be in Slidell Memorial Cemetery. Doyle's Funeral Home in Slidell is in charge of arrangements.

Theodore Joseph "Ted" Gusman III, an engineer, died Saturday of cancer at his home. He was 46. Mr. Gusman was born in New Orleans and lived in Cincinnati for many years. He was a manager for Procter & Gamble Co. for 26 years. Survivors include his wife, Gloria Fortier Gusman; a son, Theodore Joseph "Joey" Gusman IV; two daughters, Lauren Marie and Angela Bernadette Gusman; his father, Theodore Joseph Gusman Jr.; four brothers, Marlin N., Gerard E., Patrick M. and Wayne D. Gusman Sr.; and his grandmother, Marguerite Bordenave Gusman. A memorial Mass will be said Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 900 Franklin St., Gretna. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial was in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Cincinnati.

Pearline "Pauline" Fisher Hicks, a homemaker, died Saturday at Chalmette Medical Center. She was 87. Mrs. Hicks was born in Woodville, Miss., and lived in New Orleans for the past 54 years. She was a member of Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church and its Deaconess Board. She is survived by a daughter, Cynthia M. Stewart Toliver. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, 2415 S. Claiborne Ave. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Dorothy Lawless Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Irene K. Hulbert, a homemaker, died Sunday of heart failure at her home. She was 80. Mrs. Hulbert was born in Norwood and lived in New Orleans for the past 50 years. She was a member of Antioch Full Gospel Baptist Church. Survivors include a daughter, Carrie Lathan; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Antioch Full Gospel Baptist Church, 818 Sixth St. Visitation will begin Saturday at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park. Majestic Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Sharon Frances Hunt, a homemaker, died Wednesday of heart failure at Greene County General Hospital in Freedom, Ind. She was 58. Ms. Hunt was born in Slidell and lived there for many years and in Freedom for the past eight years. Survivors include three daughters, Louvel Montague of Indianapolis, Venessa Brockhaus of Kenner and Roxanne Hunt; her father, Louis Galatas; her mother, Velma Brannon Galatas; a sister, Juliana Faciane of Kenner; and seven grandchildren. A Mass will be said Saturday at 11 a.m. at Honaker Funeral Home, 1751 Gause Blvd. West, Slidell. Visitation will be today from 7 to 10 p.m., with recitation of the rosary at 8 p.m., and Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Tyrone Hutson, a janitor, died Monday of undetermined causes at University Hospital. He was 36. Mr. Hutson was born in New Orleans and lived in Metairie all his life. He attended Bunche Village School. He worked for the Jefferson Parish school system and Burger King. Survivors include his father, Fred Hutson Sr.; two brothers, Byron Hutson of Kenner and Fred Hutson Jr.; and two sisters, Kim Manson of Seattle and Yvonne Norman. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Richardson Funeral Home, 11112 Jefferson Highway, River Ridge. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

Rosemarie Gross Johnson, a homemaker, died Dec. 31 of undetermined causes at JoEllen Smith Medical Center. She was 44. Mrs. Johnson was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a member of Abundant Life Full Gospel Ministries. Survivors include her husband, James E. Johnson; two sons, Troy Johnson Sr. of Camden, N.J., and Alvin Tuckson; three brothers, Michael, Rogers and John Gross; four sisters, Molly and Mary Agnes Davis, Letty Hill and Birdie Thomas; and three grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Abundant Life Full Gospel Ministries, 6936 Downman Road. Visitation will begin Saturday at noon. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Dorothy Lawless Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Bernice Lane Joshua, a Holiday Inn housekeeper, died Tuesday of kidney failure at University Hospital. She was 58. Mrs. Joshua was born in Woodville, Miss., and lived in New Orleans for the past 35 years. She graduated from Johnson High School in Woodville. She was a member of New Tree of Life Baptist Church. Survivors include two sons, Harry Lane of Woodville and Melvin Lane; three brothers, Thomas J., Herbert and Henry Lane Jr.; four sisters, Cora Sherman of Woodville, Dorothy Higgins, Florestine Spears and Dora Rankin; and five grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 8 p.m. at New Tree of Life Baptist Church, 3140 Erato St. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Dismissal will be Saturday at noon at Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church in Woodville. Burial will be in Cedar Rest Cemetery in Woodville. Calvin J. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Charles A. Lambert, a retired superintendent for Southern Natural Gas Co., died Monday of heart failure at his home. He was 69. Mr. Lambert was born in Tarrant City, Ala., and lived in Covington for the past year. He was a chief petty officer in the Navy during the Korean War and a member of American Legion Post 16 in Covington. Survivors include his wife, Sue Ruiz Lambert; three sons, Jerry A., Mark A. and Charles "Chuck" Lambert; two daughters, Barbara Dufour and Pamela Lambert; two stepsons, Timothy M. and Sidney J. Lacey III; a stepdaughter, Charmaine Lacy; a sister, Mary Nell Emmal; a stepsister, Bobbie Landtrip; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. A memorial Mass will be said Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Abbey, 75376 River Road near Covington. E.J. Fielding Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Peter Frank Loverde Sr., a retired crane operator for William McWillians Co. and a commercial fisherman, died Thursday of heart failure at Slidell Memorial Hospital. He was 77. Mr. Loverde was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Jean Hickman Loverde; a son, Peter F. Loverde Jr.; three daughters, Linda Kreger of Gretna, Charlotte Mitteer of Jefferson and Vivian "Claire" Loverde; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 1 p.m. at Honaker Funeral Home, 1751 Gause Blvd. West, Slidell. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Melvin V. "Ruff" McKinley Sr., a retired laborer for Avondale Shipyard, died Tuesday of cancer at Touro Infirmary. He was 75. Mr. McKinley was born in Convent and lived in New Orleans for many years. Survivors include his wife, Geniver Black McKinley; four sons, Alvin, Calvin, Ernest and Samuel McKinley; a daughter, Betty Thompson; a brother, Andrew McKinley; a sister, Lillian Melancon; 17 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at noon at Majestic Mortuary, 1833 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

Ruby Ishmel Pearson, a retired bridge tender, died Thursday at NorthShore Regional Medical Center in Slidell. He was 75. Mr. Pearson was born in Caesar, Miss., and lived in Pearlington, Miss., for the past 17 years. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He worked for the Southern Railroad and New Orleans Northeastern Railroad. Survivors include his wife, Mary Edwin Davis Pearson, and a brother, Cultus O. Pearson of Lacombe. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Pearlington. Visitation will be today from 7 to 10 p.m. at Honaker Funeral Home, 1751 Gause Blvd. West, Slidell. Burial will be in Log Town Cemetery.

Annie C. Roby, a homemaker, died Tuesday of undetermined causes at West Jefferson Medical Center. She was 51. Mrs. Roby was born in Waterproof and lived in Marrero. Survivors include her husband, Ettiene Roby Sr.; two sons, Roy D. and Rondell R. Love; five daughters, Darlene W. Veal, Sonia W. Bell, Sharon Williams, Dredrada W. Bell and Alana Love; eight brothers, Calvin Sr., Samuel Jr., Cleveland, Freddie and Stanley Polk Sr., and Richard, Terry and Ronnie Scott; seven sisters, Carole Alexander, Alfredia P. Bruster, Daisy P. Roundtree, Donna and Jacqueline Polk, and Diane and Nadine Scott; 21 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Heavenly Star Missionary Baptist Church, 1020 Cohen Ave., Marrero. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Davis Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Thomas Shaw, a retired longshoreman, died Monday at New Orleans Specialty Hospital of injuries suffered in a fall. He was 72. Mr. Shaw was born in Lake Providence and lived in New Orleans for many years. Survivors include his wife, Ruth Shaw; a son, James Shaw; four daughters, Linda Jackson and Nancy, Tommie Jean and Patricia Shaw; two stepsons, the Rev. Maurice Irving and the Rev. Harry Grover; two stepdaughters, Hattie Frisby and Katie Brown; his mother, Elizabeth Jones; six brothers, Freeman Harris, Curtis and Lavon Thomas, and Charles, Leroy and Ivory Edwards; two sisters, Margarite Johnson and Elizabeth Washington; 10 grandchildren; and 14 stepgrandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at New Hope Baptist Church, 1807 La Salle St. Visitation will begin Saturday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Garden of Memories. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Bernadette Colar "Big Mama" Simeon, a homemaker, died Tuesday of heart failure at Meadowcrest Hospital. She was 70. Mrs. Simeon was born in New Orleans and lived in Algiers all her life. Survivors include two sons, Willard Simeon and Noel Rivers III; two daughters, Mona Simeon and Adrianne Thompson; two foster sons, Darryl and Greg Sims; three foster daughters, Cynthia Perry, Karen Beasley and Janet Butler; a sister, Hilda Johnson; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said Saturday at 10 a.m. at All Saints Catholic Church, 1415 Teche St., Algiers. Visitation will be today from 6 to 8 p.m. at Davis Mortuary, 230 Monroe St., Gretna. Burial will be in McDonoghville Cemetery in Gretna.

Geraldine Smith, a housekeeper, died Monday of a heart attack at Charity Hospital. She was 61. Ms. Smith was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a member of St. Paul Community Baptist Church. Survivors include her fiance, Vincent Scarza; three sons, Gerald D. Herbert and Ronald and Darryl Smith Sr.; a daughter, Sheila H. Berry; a brother, Edward Steptore Jr.; five sisters, Edna S. Carter, Beatrice S. Ford, Vida S. James, and Cora and Clydia Steptore; and six grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Paul Community Baptist Church, 2041 Jackson Ave. Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Gertrude- Geddes-Willis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Stanley Ray Smith, a floor coverer for Surface Systems Inc., died Jan. 1 in a traffic accident on Touro Street. He was 41. Mr. Smith was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He attended Walter L. Cohen High School and graduated from Hahnville High School. Survivors include his wife, Judith Edwards Smith; three daughters, Chauntell, Jyra and Jykeia Smith; his mother, Shirley Dorsey Smith; two brothers, Cedric and Ralph Smith; a sister, Shanell Smith Paul; and his grandfather, the Rev. Joseph Dorsey. A Mass will be said today at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Napoleon Avenue at La Salle Street. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in St. Vincent Cemetery. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mabel Lambert Stevenson, a homemaker, died Jan. 1 of congestive heart failure at Ochsner Foundation Hospital. She was 86. Ms. Stevenson was a lifelong resident of Jefferson Parish. Survivors include three daughters, Ammerette F. Moore, Jacqueline M. Washington and Sheila S. Varnado; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at First Zion Baptist Church, 1409 S. Causeway Blvd., Jefferson. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Dennis Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Nora Behan Valentine, a retired assistant buyer for Labiche's Department Store, died Wednesday at Lacombe Nursing Center. She was 92. Mrs. Valentine was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a member of the St. Louis King of France Busy Bees. Survivors include two daughters, Audrey Piglia and Iris Niehues; nine grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at 1 p.m. at Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 4747 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Lake Lawn Cemetery.

Gregory M. Allen Warren, manager of Warren's Paris Inn, died Saturday of heart failure at Ferncrest Manor Nursing Home. He was 40. Mr. Warren was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was a graduate of Francis T. Nicholls High School and a parishioner of St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Church. Survivors include a son, Aubrey M. Allen; three daughters, Teyanna J., Chacedi N. and Nodea A. Allen; his father, James A. Warren; his mother, Audrey J. Warren; his stepfather, James C. Allen; three brothers, Andre A. Warren and Mark and Ricky Allen; and seven sisters, Lotus D. Washington, Shelia W. LaFrance, Floreta A. and Melinda Warren, and Anastasia T., Rhonda and Jamie Allen. A Mass will be said Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Church, 3501 N. Miro St. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Charbonnet-Labat Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Queste S. Stamps Williams, an employee of Progressive Health Care Providers, died Jan. 1 of undetermined causes at Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital. She was 29. Mrs. Williams was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a member of St. John No. 5 Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Edward Williams IV; a daughter, Bianca Eboni Kim Stamps; her mother, Ethel Stine; her stepfather, Monroe Stine; two brothers, Bakari Stamps of Pennsylvania and Quinton Stamps; two sisters, Qian Monique Young and Torri Stine; and her grandmother, the Rev. Gurdiene Coleman. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. James Methodist Church of Louisiana, 1925 Ursulines Ave. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Gaskin-Tilly Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Rotheldrige Anthony "Ro" Williams, a former employee of the Regional Transit Authority and the Chateau Sonesta Hotel, died Tuesday of undetermined causes at his home. He was 54. Mr. Williams was born in Franklin and lived in San Francisco for 14 years and in New Orleans for the past 19 years. He attended G.W. Carver High School and was a Navy veteran. Survivors include two sisters, Vanessa Polk of Roseboro, N.C., and Peggy Williams. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Louisiana Undertaking Co., 1449 N. Claiborne Ave. Visitation will begin Saturday at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.


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