Miscellaneous Orleans Parish, Louisiana Obituaries - 1999

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Jan. 29, 1999

Shirley Adam Alexander, a retired worker for the Naval Support Activity, died Wednesday at Meadowcrest Hospital. She was 75. Mrs. Alexander was born in New Orleans and lived in Algiers for the past 30 years. She was a member of Algiers Golden Agers and Sages of St. Andrew the Apostle Church. Survivors include three sons, Patrick, Stephen and Michael Alexander; two daughters, Margaret Porta and Anita Jarrett; two sisters, Joyce Bedell and Ethel Griener; and nine grandchildren. A Mass will be said Saturday at 11 a.m. at Mothe Funeral Home, 2100 West Bank Expressway, Harvey. Burial will be in Westlawn Memorial Park.

James Bell Jr., a medical clerk, died Jan. 11 of lung cancer at Prayer Tower Nursing Home. He was 60. Mr. Bell was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He worked for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, U.S. Postal Service and the state Office of Vital Statistics. He was a Navy veteran. Survivors include his wife, Elsie Wallace Bell of Berkeley, Calif.; a son, Corey Bell of Berkeley; a daughter, Stacy Ann Bell of Berkeley; three brothers, Earl Bullock, Nat Bell and Robert Bell; and five sisters, Catherine Hunter, Dorothy B. Jacquot, Lillie Mae Bell, Barbara Tervalon and Elaine Bell. A funeral was held Jan. 20 at Gaskin-Tilly Mortuary, 1225 N. Rampart St. Burial was private.

Randall James Beyers, a self-employed accountant, died Monday of undetermined causes at his home. He was 50. Mr. Beyers was born in New Orleans and lived in Metairie for the past 10 years. He was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. Survivors include two brothers, Kenneth and Dennis Beyers, and two sisters, Audrey Beyers and Linda Dunn. A graveside service was held Wednesday at Port Hudson National Cemetery in Port Hudson. L.A. Muhleisen & Son Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Joan Marion Bouise, a business affairs executive at DMB&B ad agency in New York, died Monday of cancer at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx. She was 53. Ms. Bouise was born in New Orleans and after graduating from college moved to St. Louis, then Chicago before settling in Brooklyn, N.Y., six years ago. She graduated from Xavier Preparatory High School and received a bachelor's degree in music therapy from Loyola University. She performed at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Cafe, received the Blue Key Talent Night Grand Prize from Loyola University and was named one of the top 10 women vocalists in St. Louis by The Riverfront Times, a St. Louis weekly. Survivors include her mother, Louise Metoyer Bouise and a sister, Anne Bouise Ward of Chicago. A Mass will be said Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 2022 St. Bernard Ave. Visitation will begin Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Burial will be in St. Louis No.3. Charbonnet-Labat Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Albert J. Bourgeois, a retired chief radio engineer at WNOE and WSNB, died Wednesday at his home. He was 93. Mr. Bourgeois was born in White Castle and lived in Metairie for the past 55 years. Survivors include his wife, Ella Gaspard Bourgeois; a son, Dana Joseph Bourgeois; a daughter, Jane Bourgeois Rowe; two brothers, Ernest and Delmer Bourgeois; and a sister, Elise LeBlanc. A Mass will be said Saturday at noon at All Faiths Funeral Home, 5200 Canal Blvd. Visitation will begin Saturday at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

Bennie Brazil Jr., a retired tailor, died Jan. 13 of undetermined causes at Hood Memorial Hospital in Amite. He was 75. Mr. Brazil was a lifelong resident of Amite. He was a member of Grant Gospel A.M.E. Church of Amite. He was an Army veteran serving as a corporal. Survivors include his wife, Anna Marie Brazil; three sons, Bennie and Rickey Flowers of New Orleans and Oscar Allen; three daughters, Ella Brazil Lemon of Avondale, Ditreachiea Brazil Toney of Harvey and Cathy Walker; two stepdaughters, Dimitriean Jefferson and Desseriea Marie Piper, both of New Orleans; 18 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A wake and visitation will be held today from 6 to 10 p.m. at Richardson Funeral Home, 404 S. Laurel St. in Amite. A funeral will be held Saturday at noon at Grant Chapel A.M.E. Church 317 West Oak St., Amite. Burial will be in Butler Cemetery.

Almetta Brown, a homemaker, died Jan. 22 of undetermined causes at Medical Center of Louisiana. She was 58. Mrs. Brown was born in Liberty, Miss., and lived in New Orleans for the past 43 years. Survivors include her husband, Charles Brown; four sons, Curtis, Edward Earl, Joe Nathan and Don Cornelius Brown; two daughters, Shirley Davis and Jacqueline Brown; her mother, Areaner Webb ; three brothers, Sammie Lee, Matthew and S.W. Webb; a sister, Earlean Webb; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A wake will be held today at 7:30 p.m. at Jesus Christ Apostolic Light House, 505 Kepler St., Gretna. Visitation will be today from 2 to 3 p.m. at Miracle Faith Temple, 1601 Simon Boliver Ave. A funeral will be held Saturday at noon at Rose Hill Missionary Baptist church, Meadville, Miss. Davis and Davis Funeral Home of New Orleans is in charge of arrangements.

Shawn Dwayne Brown Sr., a groundskeeper, died Wednesday at Charity Hospital of head injuries suffered in a fall. He was 26. Mr. Brown was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include his wife, Felicia Brown; a son, Shawn Brown Jr.; a stepdaughter, Daviyon Blanton; and three sisters, Doris, Octavia and Angel Brown. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. James Methodist Church of Louisiana, 1925 Ursuline Ave. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Gaskin-Tilly Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Ernestine Chapples, a retired beautician, died Monday of heart failure at Physicians Hospital. She was 82. Mrs. Chapples was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a member of the Daughters of the Universal Eastern Star Chapter No.98. Survivors include her husband, Nelson Chapples. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Majestic Mortuary, 1833 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. Visitation will be at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

Jacqueline Ann McGuffee Clark-Perkins, a former employee of Iberville Supermarket, died Sunday of a heart attack at Charity Hospital. She was 31. Mrs. Clark-Perkins was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She graduated from Joseph S. Clark High School and Meadows-Draughon Business School. She was a member of Original Morning Star Full Gospel Baptist Church and Philip Memorial United Methodist Church and its choir. Survivors include her husband, Anthony I. Perkins Sr.; two sons, Timothy James and Anthony I. Perkins Jr.; six daughters, Jessica, Jasmin, J'Nea, Ayisheya, Antoinette and JoNell Perkins; her father, Robert Clark Sr.; her mother, Wanda Ann McGuffee Clark-Johnson; her stepfather, Henry Johnson Jr.; three brothers, Travis Proyor, Johnny Bailey and Robert Clark Jr.; five sisters, Bianca "Cookie" Johnson, Ayango Nettles, Sonyetta Bailey, Shandrika Jenkins and Michelle and Onika Edwards. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Charbonnet-Labat Funeral Home, 1615 St. Philip St. Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Dismissal will be at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

Alfread "Freddie" R. Coleman, a retired longshoreman, died Saturday at Veterans Affairs Hospital. He was 79. Mr. Coleman was born in Maringouin and lived in New Orleans for the past 60 years. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a former deacon at Rosehill Baptist Church and member of International Longshoremen's Association Local No.821. Survivors include a brother, William Coleman Sr., and two sisters, Geneva Calice and Gertrude Carr. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home, 3933 Washington Ave. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Park.

Leola Winfield Lombard Davis, a retired licensed practical nurse, died Thursday at her home. She was 87. Mrs. Davis was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She graduated from Coinson School of Nursing and Straight Business School. She was a member of First Free Mission Baptist Church, Cyrus Chapter No.4 Order of the Eastern Star, Loyalty Amaranth Court No.8, Nurse's Corps No.2, All Saints Senior Citizens Organization and All Saints Altar Society. Survivors include a daughter, Valencia Lombard Williams; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at First Free Mission Baptist Church, 426 Lamarque St., Algiers. Visitation will begin Saturday at 8 a.m. Murray Henderson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Romeo Dorsey, a retired construction worker for Crescent Construction Co., died Jan. 21 at the University of Texas Burn Center in Galveston, Texas, from injuries suffered in a fire at his home. He was 81. Mr. Dorsey was born in Natchez, Miss., and lived in New Orleans for the past 63 years. Survivors include his wife, Sedonia Williams; a son, Larry Valentine; a stepson, Eugene Valentine; a stepdaughter, Yvonne Coleman; a sister, Edna Reynolds; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A dismissal will be held today at 10 a.m. at Magee Funeral Home, 2141 Washington Ave. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

Loriner Hickerson Dunn, a retired supervisor at Poydras Nursing Home, died Monday of a heart attack at Touro Infirmary. She was 79. Mrs. Dunn was born in Greensburg and lived in New Orleans for many years. Survivors include a son, Johnny R. Dunn; a daughter, Bobbie D. Idel; four brothers; two sisters; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 8 p.m. at Second Mount Bethel Baptist Church, 2525 Danneel St. A graveside service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Providence Memorial Park. Gertrude Geddes Willis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Victoria Josephine Greene Ellis, a retired employee of Deluxe Check Printer Corp., died Tuesday of kidney failure at Ochsner Foundation Hospital. She was 60. Mrs. Ellis was born in Modeste and lived in New Orleans for the past 53 years. She attended Third Rose of Sharon Baptist Church and was its secretary. Survivors include her husband, Alfred Ellis Sr.; three sons, Gregory, Troy and Alfred Ellis Jr.; three daughters, Glenda Ellis Lee, Venita LaCroix and Daffie Ellis; a brother, Allen Greene; a stepsister, Lois Fisher; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Third Rose of Sharon Baptist Church, 2132 Third St., with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Estelle J. Wilson Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Helen Ross Foster, a retired employee of Barq's Beverage Co., died Wednesday at Vencor Hospital. She was 92. Mrs. Foster was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a member of the Altar Society at St. Joseph Catholic Church. She was a former volunteer with the American Red Cross and had been assigned to Charity Hospital for 13 years. Survivors include nieces and nephews. A memorial Mass will be said Saturday at Maison Hospitaliere, 1220 Dauphine St. Burial will be private. Charbonnet-Labat Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Louis John Giarrusso Sr., a retired employee of L&M Railroad, died Thursday at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, Miss. He was 81. Mr. Giarrusso was born in New Orleans and lived in Poplarville, Miss., for more than 30 years. He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church. He was a former employee of the Poplarville school system. Survivors include his wife, Lalise Gassen Giarrusso; a son, Louis Giarrusso Jr. of New Orleans; six daughters, Ann Gai of Metairie, Linda Smith of Las Vegas, Melba McClure of Lynn, Ind., Leslie Cain of Baton Rouge, Effie Beasley of Seminary, Miss., and Angelina Winborne of Glen Rock, N.J.; 14 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Highway 15 South in Poplarville. Visitation will begin Saturday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. White Funeral Home of Poplarville is in charge of arrangements.

Carroll L. Hoffpauir, a retired chemist, died Thursday at East Jefferson General Hospital. He was 85. Mr. Hoffpauir was born in Jackson and lived in Metairie for the past 60 years. He worked for Southern Regional Research Lab for 35 years and served as assistant director. He was a member of Munholland United Methodist Church and several professional chemical societies. Survivors include his wife, Anna V. Hoffpauir; a son, John W. Hoffpauir of Green Cove Springs, Fla.; a daughter, Carol Ann Hall of Shreveport; and seven grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 2 p.m. at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Burial will be in Lake Lawn Park Cemetery.

Veronica Joseph, a homemaker, died Thursday of a heart attack at Memorial Medical Center. She was 74. Mrs. Joseph was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a member of Mount Zion Lutheran Church and its Lutheran Women Layman group and Alter Guild. Survivors include four sons, James, Irving, Thomas and Rudolph Joseph; a daughter, Patricia Joseph Bennett; 21 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Mount Zion Lutheran Church, 1401 Simon Bolivar St. Visitation will begin Saturday at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Holt Cemetery. Majestic Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Marvin "Top" Lott, a student at John McDonogh Senior High School, died Jan. 21 at Charity Hospital of injuries suffered in an auto accident. He was 18. Mr. Lott was a lifelong New Orleans resident. He was a member of St. Bernard Community Baptist Church. Survivors include a son, Marvin Anthony Lott Jr.; his father, Bernie Porche; his mother, Paula Lott; his stepfather, Spurgeon Lewis; his stepmother, Alicia Porche; six brothers, Bernie "Tank" and Darren Porche, Reynolds and Jonquil Lott, Bernie Marigny and DeShawn Dumes; five sisters, Tennille and Talecia Lott, Tonyell and Capricia Porche and Brennie Kay Marigny; and his grandparents, Yvonne Brown, Milton Elzy and Melvin Porche. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Pentecost Baptist Church, 1510 Harrison Ave. Visitation will begin Saturday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Boissiere-Labat Family Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Christine Muscarello Maechling, a clerical employee at City Hall, died Wednesday of pancreatic cancer at her home. She was 65. Mrs. Maechling was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include her husband, Clarence Maechling; a son, Clarence Maechling Jr.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 2 p.m. at McMahon-Coburn-Briede Funeral Home, 600 Moss St. Visitation will begin at noon. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

Yocobi Atlox McNutt, a former laborer for Tony Molero Pile Driving Co., died Jan. 22 of undetermined causes at Charity Hospital. He was 39. Mr. McNutt was born in Chicago and lived in Kenner for the past 38 years. He graduated from Bonnabel High School. Survivors include his wife, Robin L. McNutt; two sons, Don Michael and Jermain Y. McNutt; his father, Jerry McNutt Sr.; his mother, Angelnese McNutt Strong; his stepfather, Hubert Strong Sr.; three brothers, Hubert Strong Jr. and Antoine and Jerry McNutt Jr.; and a sister, Angelnese Strong. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Bardell's Mortuary, 3856 Highway 44 in Mount Airy. Burial will be in Montz Memorial Cemetery in Montz.

Yoniff Paul Peuler, a painter and body and fender worker, died Wednesday of a self-inflicted gun shot wound in Harvey. He was 29. Mr. Peuler was a lifelong resident of Gretna. He was a graduate of De La Salle High School. Survivors include his mother, Patricia Calzada Peuler Robert; a sister, Patrice A. Peuler; his grandmother, Mattie Calzada; and his great-grandmother, Rose Miller. Graveside services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Westlawn Memorial Park in Gretna. Mothe Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Victor Herbert Segar, a retired lab technician, died Jan. 22 of lung disease at Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital. Mr. Segar was born in New Orleans and lived in Arabi for the past 21 years. He attended Tulane University and was a Navy veteran. He was a lab technician at Kaiser Aluminum for 29 years and worked in the engineering department at Hotel Intercontinental for five years. Survivors include his wife, Hazel Dardare Segar; a daughter, Bonnie S. Brasseaux; a sister, Rowena Van Hoff; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at 10 a.m. at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 408 Cougar Drive. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Clarence "Smitty" Edward Smith, a retired postal worker, died Jan. 22 of a stroke at Veterans Affairs Hospital. He was 76. Mr. Smith was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a parishioner of St. Monica Catholic Church and an honorary usher. He was a member of the Knights of Peter Claver Council No.59 and the Holy Name Society. Survivors include his wife, Alma M. Smith; a son, Gregory E. Smith; a daughter, Desrhea S. Baker; and two grandchildren. A Mass will be said Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Monica Catholic Church, 2323 S. Galvez St. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in St. Vincent de Paul Cemetery. D.W. Rhodes is in charge of arrangements.

Judith Ann Scullion Stringer, a self-employed saleswoman, died Tuesday of a cerebral hemorrhage at Memorial Medical Center. She was 52. Mrs. Stringer was born in Cleveland and lived in Algiers for the past 18 years. She was a graduate of Loyola University in 1967. She worked in marketing for the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra. She was a former member of the Algiers Point Association and a founding member of the St. Charles Avenue Association. Survivors include a companion, Arthur J. Witherup; a son, David Charles Stringer; and a daughter, Patricia Mary Scullion of Vancouver, Canada. A Mass will be said Saturday at noon at Mothe Funeral Home, 1300 Vallette St., Algiers. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in McDonoghville Cemetery.

Alice Ashcraft Trahern, a homemaker, died Jan. 19 of heart failure at her home. She was 73. Mrs. Trahern was born in Mt. Clemens, Mich., and lived in Mandeville for the past 22 years. Survivors include three sons, Alan L., Bruce T. and Scott H. Trahern; a daughter, Alison T. McInnis; a brother, Robert Ashcraft of Lavonia, Mich.; and three grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at E. J. Fielding Funeral Home, 2260 W. 21st Ave., Covington. Visitation will begin Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

Ruby Burlett Tredinich, a retired bookkeeper for Louisiana Power & Light Co., died Wednesday of a heart attack at West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero. She was 72. Mrs. Tredinich was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a member of American Association of Retired Persons Chapter 3975 and the St. Julian Eymard Third Order of Mary. Survivors include her husband, Edward Joseph Tredinich; a son, Sidney Joseph Pontiff; two daughters, Laurie Marie Olivier and Linda Marie Alford; a sister, Ruth B. Spears; seven grandchildren; a great-grandchild; four stepchildren; and eight stepgrandchildren. A Mass will be said today at 1 p.m. at Mothe Funeral Home, 1300 Vallette St., Algiers. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in McDonoghville Cemetery.

Merrill A. Vitter Jr., a teacher and coach in the Jefferson Parish schools and assistant center supervisor for Terrytown Playground, died Tuesday of heart failure at West Jefferson Medical Center. He was 56. Mr. Vitter was born in New Orleans and lived in Terrytown for the past 32 years. He was a graduate of De La Salle High School where he was an All State basketball and baseball player. He was a member of Johnny Altobello's state championship basketball teams in the late 1950s. He graduated from Loyola University where he was a member of the baseball team. He coached basketball at West Jefferson and John Ehret high schools. He also coached Ehret's girls track teams, which won a state championship in 1983. He was a parishioner of Christ the King Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife, Lisette Berault Vitter; a son, Paul M. Vitter; two daughters, Natalie V. Stoufflet and Michele M. Vitter; a brother, Ray J. Vitter Sr.; and three grandchildren. A Mass will be said Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church, 2106 Deerfield Road, Terrytown. Visitation will be today from 6 until 10 p.m. and Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. at Mothe Funeral Home, 2100 West Bank Expressway, Harvey. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

Jo Ann Weber, a homemaker, died Jan. 22 of cancer at her daughter's home in Garyville. She was 40. Mrs. Weber was a lifelong resident of Garyville. Survivors include her husband, Sonny Weber Jr.; two sons, Ronald and Donald Weber; six daughters, Shelita Robertson, Shentell, Kristry, Donna Jean, Dominique and Tiranika Weber; her father, Celestin Stevens Jr.; five brothers, Celestin Stevens III, Bryan, Cardell, Corey and Darryl Stevens; three sisters, Ursula Weber, Alicia Stevens and Myra Jean White; and nine grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Church of God in Christ in LaPlace. Visitation will begin Saturday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Zion Travelers Cemetery in Lyons. Hobson Brown Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Geraldine Olivia "LadyBird" West, a cashier, died Monday of undetermined causes at Charity Hospital. She was 27. Miss West was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a graduate of Joseph S. Clark Senior High School. Survivors include her mother, Thelma West; a sister, Lakeisha Ann West; and a grandmother, Geraldine Parker. A jazz funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Littlejohn's Funeral Home, 2163 Aubry St. Visitation will begin Saturday at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery.

Harold Withers, a retired construction worker, died Saturday of cancer at Metropolitan Hospice. He was 66. Mr. Withers was born in Miami and lived in New Orleans for the past 46 years. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. Survivors include a daughter, Kesi Withers, a stepson, John Tousaint Jr.; and two stepdaughters, Paula and Cynthia Tousaint. A funeral will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. at Gertrude Geddes Willis Funeral Home, 1610 Lapeyrouse St. Visitation will begin Saturday at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

Mary Burk Yates, a homemaker, died Wednesday of heart failure at her home. She was 80. Mrs. Yates was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She attended Redemptorist High School. She was a parishioner of St. Raphael Catholic Church. Survivors include her husband, Weston H. Yates Sr.; three sons, Michael, Alvin and Weston Yates Jr.; a daughter, Julie Yates; and eight grandchildren. A graveside service will be held today at 10:30 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetery, 5242 Canal Blvd. All Faiths Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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