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Feb. 1, 1999

BEATRICE C. TOUSSAINT

Beatrice C. Toussaint, a retired cook, died Friday of a stroke at Stonebridge Nursing Home. She was 81. Mrs. Toussaint was born in Thibodaux and lived in New Orleans. She was a Sunday school teacher and member of the deaconess board at Greater Bright Morning Star Baptist Church. Survivors include four sons, Gilbert, Michael, Richard and Maurice Toussaint; a sister, Gertrude C. Penny; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Greater Bright Morning Star Baptist Church, 2418 Louisiana Ave. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Majestic Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

IRWIN V. O'ROURKE SR.

Irwin V. O'Rourke Sr., a retired baker with A&P Bakery, died Saturday of lung cancer at his home. He was 75. Mr. O'Rourke was born in New Orleans and lived in Metairie for the past 47 years. He also worked at Reising's Bakery. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Doris Whitfield; two sons, Lindsey M. and Irwin V. O'Rourke Jr.; three daughters, Genneth Ann Parenti, Donna Lynn Adkinson and Maria Louise Goff; two stepdaughters, Patricia B. Finney and Debby B. Adkinson; two brothers, Warren and Oliver O'Rourke; two sisters, Yvonne Cappello and Marie White; 18 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 4747 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Visitation will be today from 6 to 10 p.m. and Tuesday from 8 to 10 a.m.

PAT HUACK OHLER

Pat Huack Ohler, a retired employee of Deluxe Check Printers, died Friday of lymphoma at Pendleton Methodist Memorial Hospital. She was 71. Mrs. Ohler was born in New Orleans and lived in Lake Catherine for the past 10 years. Survivors include a son, Bobby Ohler; two daughters, Patricia O. Haun and Cheryl O. Kelly; three brothers, Larry, Fred and Edward Hauck Jr.; and two grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at 11 a.m. at P.J. McMahon & Sons Funeral Home, 4800 Canal St. Burial will be in St. Roch No.2 Cemetery.

BERNEY KELLER MOREHOUSE

Berney Keller Morehouse, a homemaker, died Friday of a heart attack at Kenner Regional Medical Center. She was 63. Mrs. Morehouse was born in St. Rose and lived in Kenner for the past 40 years. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter No.191. Survivors include two sons, Brian and George Morehouse Jr.; a daughter, Betty Maddox; her mother, Gladys Keller; a brother, Harry Keller; and five grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 12:30 p.m. at Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 4747 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Garden of Memories.

EARLE A. 'JERRY' LEWIS

Earle A. "Jerry" Lewis, a janitor for the Plaquemines Parish government, died Thursday of respiratory failure at West Jefferson Medical Center. He was 61. Mr. Lewis was born in New Orleans and lived in Buras. Survivors include a son, Robert Earle Lewis, and a daughter, Mazie M. Lewis. A Mass will be said Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Good Harbor Catholic Church in Buras. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6 to 10 p.m. at Mothe Funeral Home in Triumph and Wednesday from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Our Lady of Good Harbor Cemetery in Buras.

EMMETT JOHN MAGEE SR.

Emmett John Magee Sr., a retired food service manager and cab driver for United Cabs, died Saturday of heart failure at his home. He was 54. Mr. Magee was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was a graduate of Frances T. Nicholls High School and attended Delgado Community College. He also a Navy veteran. Survivors include his wife, Edna M. Magee; three sons, Ryan M., Scott P. and Emmett J. Magee Jr.; two daughters, Dina R. and Renee C. Magee; a brother, Robert J. Magee; and two sisters, Thelma M. Ferro and Marilyn M. Pertuit. A Mass will be said Tuesday at noon at All Faiths Funeral Home, 5200 Canal Blvd. Visitation will be today from 6 to 10 p.m. and Tuesday beginning at 8 a.m.

JOHN HENRY JOHNSON

John Henry Johnson, a laborer, died Thursday of cardiac arrest at Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital. He was 60. Mr. Johnson was born in McComb and lived in New Orleans for many years. He worked for Long Electric and American Freightways. Survivors include his mother, Geneva McNulty Johnson; and a sister, Dorthea F. Butler. A funeral will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Gertrude Geddes Willis Mortuary, 2120 Jackson Ave. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

VANESSA THOMPSON JACOBS

Vanessa Thompson Jacobs, a cashier, died Friday of sepsis at Highline Hospital in Seattle. She was 43. Mrs. Jacobs was born in New Orleans and lived in Seattle for many years. She attended Colton High School and worked at McDonogh's Restaurant in Seattle. Survivors include her husband, Willie Jacobs; two daughters, Trudy and Tava Thompson; three brothers, Thurston Thomspon of Julian, Calif., and Michael and Israel Thompson; and three sisters, Belinda Haynes of St. Louis, Elizabeth Collins and Damita Thompson. A funeral will be held today at 10 a.m. at St. James Methodist Church, 1925 Ursulines Ave. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in St. Vincent De Paul Cemetery.

DUDLEY MARK GALLAND

Dudley Mark Galland, a retired truck driver, died Friday of congestive heart failure at his home. He was 66. Mr. Galland was born in Hessmer and lived in Chalmette for the past 37 years. He was a member of the American Association of Retired Persons Chapter No.3688, the Association of Senior Citizens and the St. Bernard Parish Council on Aging. He was a member of the National Guard. Survivors include his wife, Eleanor Dubroc Galland; two sons, Ricky M. and Nicky M. Galland; his father, Aracade Galland; his mother, Theresa Galland; a brother, Warren Galland; and two grandchildren. A funeral will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at St. Bernard Memorial Funeral Home, 701 W. Virtue St., Chalmette. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in St. Bernard Memorial Gardens.

RICHARD ANTHONY BERLIER SR.

Richard Anthony Berlier Sr., an electrician, died Saturday of cancer at East Jefferson General Hospital. He was 61. Mr. Berlier was born in New Orleans and lived in Metairie for the past 35 years. He was a graduate of Warren Easton High School and Delgado Community College. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and served as a recording secretary and member of the examining board. He was a parishioner of St. Benilde Catholic Church. He was a sergeant in the National Guard. Survivors include his wife, Frances L. Berlier; two sons, John P. and Richard A. Berlier Jr.; three daughters, Constance B. Puderer, Sandra B. Jones and Ashley B. Cook; two brothers, John K. and Theodore P. Berlier Jr.; a sister, Hazel B. Jeanfreau; and seven grandchildren. A Mass will be said Tuesday at noon at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Lake Lawn Park.

JEAN TRICHEL BENTON

Jean Trichel Benton, a graduate student at Tulane University, died Saturday of cancer at Slidell Memorial Hospital. She was 55. Mrs. Benton was born in Shreveport and lived in Slidell for the past 14 years. She was a graduate of C.E. Byrd High School in Shreveport and the University of New Orleans. She was a member of the League of Women Voters and the North Shore Unitarian Universalist Church. Survivors include her husband, Herbert P. Benton III; four sons, Christopher Leech, Clay Matthew, Anthony Glenny and Herbert P. "Buddy" Benton IV; two daughters, Teresa Benton-Levith and Bridgette Renee Benton; her father, Pike Hall Trichel; her mother, Glynn Ellis Trichel; two sisters, Kathleen Trichel Ellis and Madeleine Glynn Trichel; and seven grandchildren. A funeral is Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Burial is in Lake Lawn Park Cemetery.

RUDOLPH 'RUDY' M. BAUER

Rudolph "Rudy" M. Bauer, a retired banker for Whitney National Bank, died Thursday at his daughter's home in Austin, Texas. He was 78. Mr. Bauer was born in New Orleans and lived in Baton Rouge. He was a graduate of S.J. Peters High School and Spenser Business College. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Joyce Porretto Bauer; four sons, Rudy Bauer of Washington, Randy Bauer of Slidell, Craig Bauer of Metairie and Keith Bauer of Kenner; two daughters, Donna Bauer Ralidis of Austin and Mary Bauer Bacon; a sister, Hortense "Sister" LeBoeuf; and 15 grandchildren. A funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Visitation is at 9 a.m. Burial is private.

Feb. 3, 1999

Jasper Joseph Hug, better known as "Jeff" of "The Nut and Jeff Show" that was a fixture on WSMB-AM for three decades, died Friday of an aneurysm at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was 71.
On their show, Mr. Hug, a lifelong New Orleanian, played straight man to "Nut" -- Roy Robert Makofsky in real life -- as the pair quipped their way from 6 to 10 a.m. each weekday.
"It was a beautiful blend," said Larry Regan, a former nighttime talk-show host at the station. "It worked for them from Day One. It was beautiful watching them blend their talents."
Regan, who occasionally introduced them, called the two "the greatest guys I ever had the privilege of working with."
The partnership continued until July 1988, when they were fired after the station was sold to a New York City investor.
In 1993, the two men were among the first inductees into the New Orleans Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Makofsky, who used the name Roy Robert on the air, died in August at age 71.
Although "Nut and Jeff" became the stuff of local radio legend, the collaboration was accidental, said Josephine "Jo" Hug, Mr. Hug's wife.
One morning, in the WSMB studio on the 13th floor of the Maison Blanche Building, Mr. Hug, a newscaster, and Makofsky, who did commercials, started chatting for an audience that included John Vath, the station manager, who was listening on his car radio.
According to Mrs. Hug, he hurried back to the studio, burst in and said, "I got it! Roy, you're nuts, and Jeff, you're Jeff, so we're going to call you Nut and Jeff.'"
A partnership was born.
It just happened to come at the right time, Regan said, because many station owners were cautious about what their performers said on the air. "It was like a funeral home," he said. "It was time for change in radio, and two of the nicest guys brought it in on a silver platter, and the audiences stuck with them."
Once the show was established, Mrs. Hug said, her husband was offhanded about it. "He said, `We called it an illegitimate child, as it wasn't planned. Once it was born, we tried to make the best of it,'" she said.
As the show evolved, Mr. Hug displayed a skill for ad-libbing, Regan said, and for interjecting information he had acquired as a voracious reader.
"He knew how to play off Roy," Regan said. "If the joke laid an egg, he knew how to cover it. It was chemistry. They knew one another's thoughts, and if one slipped, the other could pick him up."
A nephew of the pianist Armand Hug, Mr. Hug graduated from S.J. Peters High School, attended Louisiana State University and graduated from Loyola University. During the Korean War, he was a public information officer in the Army.
Mr. Hug, an avid golfer, was a member of the Greater New Orleans Broadcasters Association.
In addition to his wife, survivors include four daughters, Debra McGregor, Rebecca Long, Kathy Auletta and Michelle Trosclair; three sisters, Eva Zarza, Marion Prejean and Rosemary Kambur; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
A memorial service was held Monday at Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home.

Hubert Hughes, 82; built oil-field business
Hubert "Buster" Hughes, a retired oil-field company owner and auto dealer, died Friday at Integrated Health Services of Slidell. He was 82.
Mr. Hughes was born in Amity, Ark., and lived on the north shore for the past 25 years. He graduated from Belcher High School in 1934.
He started his pipeline career as a shift foreman for Shoreline Oil and Refining Co. before moving to Princeton Oil and Refining Co. in Belle Chasse. In 1941, he went to work for River Petroleum Corp., where he helped build and operate a plant that reclaimed lube oil for the armed services.
In 1943, Mr. Hughes went into business with L.M. Gay and formed an oil-field contracting company, Hughes and Gay. He was its vice president until 1950, when he bought Gay's share and became sole proprietor of H.B. "Buster" Hughes.
The company became H.B. "Buster" Hughes Inc. when his two sons, H.D. "Sonny" and Harold Hughes, joined it. It now operates under the name HBH Inc.
In 1951, with George Crane Sr., Mr. Hughes formed H.B. Hughes Contracting Co. It was reorganized when they added a third partner, Louis Woodson, and the company's name was changed to WHC Inc.
Several other entities developed under this corporation, including WHC Lease Service, WHC Chemical, Regal Chemical and HUGE Inc. Mr. Hughes held various positions as an officer and director of each of these companies.
President of Hughes Dodge Inc. from 1969 to 1972, Mr. Hughes also was involved with BRIN Inc., a real estate company with developments in Lafitte and Bush.
He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Covington and a past president and deputy district governor of the West Bank Lions Club.
He was a member of the Krewe of Alla and its king in 1955, and a member of the Krewe of Grela.
Survivors include a son, Harold James Hughes; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
A private graveside service was held Tuesday at Lake Lawn Metairie Cemetery. E.J. Fielding Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Susan Shepard Baker, a homemaker, died Tuesday of cancer at her home. She was 72. Mrs. Baker was born in New Orleans and lived in Covington for the past 11 years. She was a parishioner of St. Peter Catholic Church, a member of its Altar Society and a former rectory secretary and member of the Hospitality Committee. Survivors include her husband, Fred M. Baker Jr.; two sons, F. Michael and Thomas N. Baker; a brother, Thomas Wharton Shepard Jr.; three sisters, Helena O. Bisio, Emilie Mistretta and Madeline Farnet; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at 1 p.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church, 128 E. 19th Ave., Covington. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Pinecrest Memorial Garden. E.J. Fielding Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Lillie Mae Dorsey Brown, a custodian at L.B. Landry High School, died Friday of cancer at Meadowcrest Hospital. She was 47. Mrs. Brown was born in New Orleans and lived in Gretna before moving to Algiers 20 years ago. She graduated from Landry High School. She was a junior steward at Mount Pilgrim Fourth Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Joseph Brown Sr.; two daughters, Monique and Kionta Brown; a stepson, Joseph Brown Jr.; her mother, Lucille Henry Edwards; her stepmother, Elnora Dorsey; four brothers, Victor, Edward, Michael and Ernest Dorsey Jr.; 11 sisters, Donna Davis of Beaumont, Texas, Julianne Williams, Carolyn Dunns, Patricia Smith, Joyce Joseph, Annie Mae Craig, Fabiola Thomas, Geraldine Lewis, Shearon Calvin, Erna Marie and Sharon Dorsey; and a grandchild. A funeral will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Mount Pilgrim Fourth Baptist Church, 429 Newton St., Algiers. Visitation will begin Thursday at 8:30 a.m. Burial will be in McDonoghville Cemetery in Gretna. Davis Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Conley J. Chatelain, a salesman, died Jan. 8 of a heart attack at his home. He was 61. Mr. Chatelain was born in New Orleans and lived in San Antonio for the past 25 years. He was a Navy veteran. Survivors include a brother, Harry J. Chatelain Jr. A graveside service will be held Thursday at 9 a.m. at St. Bernard Memorial Gardens, 701 W. Virtue St., Chalmette. St. Bernard Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

William Cummings Sr., a retired sergeant in the Army, died Monday of complications from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was 66. Mr. Cummings was born in Crichton, Ala., and lived in New Orleans for the past 21 years. He was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars and received the Bronze Star. Survivors include his wife, Anna Bigner Cummings; a son, William Cummings Jr.; two daughters, Sandra Cummings and Angela C. Guthrie; a brother, James A. Cummings; and two sisters, Ophelia Moss and Jennie Dawe. A funeral will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Johnston Chapel Methodist Church in Summit, Miss. Visitation will begin Friday at noon. A wake will be held today at 6 p.m. at Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 4747 Veteran Memorial Blvd. Burial will be in Johnston Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery in Summit.

Joseph Michael Dirmann, a retired building maintenance superintendent for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, died Saturday at his home. He was 79. Mr. Dirmann was a lifelong resident of Abita Springs. He was an Army veteran of World War II, a former prisoner of war and a past commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8720. Survivors include his wife, Gerry Jane Abney Dirmann; a son, Michael J. Dirmann; three daughters, Jane D. Weick, Annette D. McCormick and Jennifer D. Stoltz; two sisters, Ellen B. and Viola R. Dirmann; and six grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at 11 a.m. at St. Jane de Chantal Catholic Church, 72040 Maple St., Abita Springs. Burial will be in Abita Cemetery. E.J. Fielding Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Elsie Lemieux Dumas, a homemaker, died Tuesday at Ferncrest Manor Nursing Home. She was 80. Mrs. Dumas was born and grew up in Vacherie and lived in New Orleans for many years. She was a former usher for King Solomon Baptist Church. Survivors include nephews and nieces. A funeral will be held Friday at 9 a.m. at Tharp-Sontheimer-Laudumiey Funeral Home, 5001 Chef Menteur Highway. Burial will be in Vacherie.

Helen Gonzales Gemelli, a homemaker, died Sunday at her home. She was 83. Mrs. Gemelli was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include two daughters, Helen G. Hymel and JoAnn G. Schexnayder; a brother, Lambert "Bobby" Gonzales Jr.; a sister, Lorraine G. Braun; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said Thursday at noon at Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home, 3827 Canal St. Visitation will begin Thursday at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

Florence Genevieve Graff, a homemaker, died Saturday at Chalmette Medical Center. She was 82. Mrs. Graff was born in Plaquemines Parish and lived in Arabi. Survivors include three sons, Edward J., Anthony and Eugene R. Graff; five daughters, Beverly Palmer, Yvonne Mansfield, Rosanne Schenck, Evelyn O'Connor and Melba Rapp; two brothers, Leo and Robert Fischer; 30 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at noon at Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home, 3827 Canal St. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in St. Vincent de Paul Cemetery No.3.

Clara Wire Grand, a retired cashier at Burt's Shoe Store, died Saturday at Doctors Hospital of Jefferson. She was 85. Mrs. Grand was born in New Orleans and lived in Metairie for the past 27 years. She worked at Burt's for 20 years. She was a parishioner of St. Louis King of France Catholic Church. Survivors include a daughter, Carole Lacoste; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at 2 p.m. at Lamana-Panno-Fallo Funeral Home, 1717 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in St. Louis Cemetery No.3.

Edith Norris Haupt, a former employee of the Arts & Crafts Club on Royal Street and the Historic New Orleans Collection, died Sunday in Alexandria, Va. She was 87. Mrs. Haupt was born and grew up in New Orleans and lived in New York and Arlington, Va., before returning to New Orleans in 1975. She moved back to Virginia a few years ago. She graduated from Louise S. McGehee School and Newcomb College. She was a social worker for the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s and served in the Red Cross in London during World War II. She was a member of the Colonial Dames of America, the Junior League of New Orleans and Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Survivors include a son, Arthur Haupt of Arlington. A funeral will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Christ Church Cathedral, 2919 St. Charles Ave. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Metairie Cemetery. Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Viola "Ms. Vi" Harvey, head chef at the Holiday Inn East High Rise, died Saturday of heart failure at Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital. She was 69. Mrs. Harvey was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She attended Tommy Lafon School. She worked at the Holiday Inn for 21 years and won many awards. Survivors include her husband, Samuel Harvey Sr.; two sons, Reginald and Samuel Harvey Jr.; nine daughters, Joyce Calvey, Lois Mitchell, Gail Belton, Carleen Millon, Carol Marshall, Janice McClendon, and Jacquelyn, Vanessa and Troylynn Harvey; a brother, Jerry Reynolds; a sister, Geraldine Reynolds; 27 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren. A wake will be held Thursday at 8 p.m. at New Home Full Gospel Cathedral, 13800 Hayne Blvd. Dismissal will be Friday at 10 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Charbonnet-Labat Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Beverly Mae Brock Knipper, a homemaker, died Tuesday of liver failure at East Jefferson General Hospital. She was 64. Mrs. Knipper was born in New Orleans and lived in Harahan for the past 34 years. She was a graduate of Kenner High School and a parishioner of St. Rita Catholic Church. Survivors include her husband, Raymond Knipper Sr.; a son, Raymond Knipper Jr. of River Ridge; three daughters, Allison M. Knipper of Kenner, Jacqueline K. Tonglet and Jonna K. Irwin; two brothers, Pete and John "Buddy" Brock, both of Kenner; two sisters, Wilma "Billie" Trauth of Ocean Springs, Miss., and Ruth Walker of Norco; and three grandchildren. A Mass will be said Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Rita Catholic Church, 7118 Jefferson Highway, Harahan. Visitation will be today from 6 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m. at L.A. Muhleisen & Son Funeral Home, 2607 Williams Blvd., Kenner. Burial will be in Garden of Memories.

George Laurent Jr., a retired carpenter, died Friday of heart complications at Slidell Memorial Hospital. He was 74. Mr. Laurent was a lifelong resident of Lacombe. Survivors include his wife, Helen Cryer Laurent; four sons, Archie, Gene, Mike and Jimmy Laurent; a daughter, Joyce L. Faciane; two brothers, Ronald and Philip Laurent; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 28088 Main St., Lacombe. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Lafontaine-Hilltop Cemetery in Lacombe. Schoen Funeral Home of Slidell is in charge of arrangements.

Albert John Leonardi Sr., a retired district manager for Singer Sewing Machine Co., died Sunday of a heart attack at East Jefferson General Hospital. He was 82. Mr. Leonardi was born in New Orleans and lived in Metairie for the past 40 years. He worked for Singer for 35 years. He was a parishioner of St. Angela Merici Catholic Church and a member of the Italian-American Marching Club. Survivors include three sons, A.J. Jr., Kirk V. and Walter C. Leonardi Sr.; a daughter, Fran Leonardi Campbell; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at noon at Lamana-Panno-Fallo Funeral Home, 1717 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery No.3.

Walter Lee Martin Jr., a retired operations manager for P.A. Menard Wholesale Grocers, died Sunday of congestive heart failure at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was 66. Mr. Martin was born in Magnolia, Miss., and lived in New Orleans for the past 53 years. He spent 37 years in the Air Force, retiring as a senior master sergeant. He was a member of Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church, where he was chairman of the senior citizens program, a deacon and an usher. Survivors include a son, Walter Lee Martin Jr.; his mother, Lillian V. Butler; a brother, Frank Martin Jr. of Chicago; two sisters, Lillie Mae James of Kenner and Alma Cotton of Fremont, Calif.; and a grandchild. A funeral will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church, 2308 S. Liberty St. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Gaskin-Tilly Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Leonard Joseph "Mac" McCaffery Sr., a retired sales representative for Chiquita Brands, died Sunday of complications from Parkinson's disease at Metropolitan Hospice. He was 78. Mr. McCaffery was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He graduated from Jesuit High School and was a Navy veteran. He was a parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife, Shirley White McCaffery; three sons, Kenneth Raymond, Michael Patrick and Leonard J. McCaffery Jr.; a daughter, Susan M. Guidry; a sister, Claire M. Robillard; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at 1 p.m. at Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home, 3827 Canal St. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery No.2.

William Francis "Mac" McMenemon, a retired hospital maintenance engineer, died Monday at Southdown Health Care in Houma. He was 77. Mr. McMenemon was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and lived in New Orleans and Thibodaux before moving recently to Houma. He was an Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was a member of the YMCA, Mended Hearts Inc., American Legion Post No.31 in Houma and the American Legion in Thibodaux. Survivors include his wife, Genevieve Olivier McMenemon; a son, Michael F. McMenemon of Prairieville; a daughter, Phyllis Copeland of Metairie; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. A Mass will be said today at 11 a.m. at St. Bernadette Soubirous Catholic Church in Houma. Burial will be in Lake Lawn Park Mausoleum in New Orleans. Falgout Funeral Home in Houma is in charge of arrangements.

Richard F. "Ricky" Meyers Jr., an employee of Copeland's Restaurant in Slidell, died Sunday of heart failure while driving in Slidell. He was 35. Mr. Meyers was a lifelong resident of Slidell. He was a Navy veteran. Survivors include his mother, Karen A. Meyers; and his grandmother, Margaret M. Altmann. A memorial service will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Village Lutheran Church, 29180 U.S. 190, Lacombe. Burial will be private. Honaker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Clifford L. "Nick the Greek" Nickerson, a retired U.S. Postal Service employee and merchant seaman, died Jan. 27 at Beacham Memorial Hospital in Magnolia, Miss. He was 95. Mr. Nickerson was born in New Orleans and lived in McComb, Miss., for the past 27 years. He attended McDonogh No.35 High School and Straight College. He was a member of the Seafarers International Union and the Old Timers Baseball Team. Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Nickerson; two sons, Arthur and Clifford Nickerson Jr.; two daughters, Martha Johnson and Cora Santa Marina; two stepsons, Mitchell E. and Philip L. McClendon; a sister, Ethel Roth; 17 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at noon at Cook's Enterprise Funeral Home on U.S. 51 South in McComb. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Greenwood North Cemetery in McComb.

Mary Pierre, a retired cook, died Thursday of respiratory failure at Lakeland Medical Center. She was 79. Mrs. Pierre was born in Bayou Goula and lived in New Orleans for many years. She was a member of St. Paul Baptist Church in Bayou Goula and a former member of St. Paul No.4 Baptist Church of New Orleans. Survivors include two sons, Robert Pierre and Herman Hines, both of New Orleans; two daughters, Loretta Pierre of Baton Rouge and Esther M. Sells of New Orleans; a brother, James Pierre of San Francisco; two sisters, Amelia Kelly of Bayou Goula and Viola Pierre of New Orleans; 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. A funeral will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Baptist Church in Bayou Goula. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Estelle J. Wilson Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Jules F. Richard Jr., a retired businessman and entertainer, died Monday at Memorial Medical Center. He was 77. Mr. Richard was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He graduated from S.J. Peters High School and Loyola University. He was a Navy veteran. He was a member and former local manager of the American Guild of Variety Artists. He was a member and past grand commander of Darro Caravan No.29 of the Order of the Alhambra and a member of Gentilly Knights of Columbus Council No.2925, the Bienville Assembly 4th-Degree Knights of Columbus, American Association of Retired Persons Chapter No.1515 and Disabled American Veterans Chapter No.36. He was a past captain of the Krewe of Alhambra and a member of the Carnival Captains Club. He also was a past president of L'Union Francaise and Les Enfants de la France. He was a parishioner of St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church and a member of its choir. Survivors include his wife, Emily Ruth Russ Richard; a son, Jules F. Richard III; a daughter, Karen Richard Martin; two brothers, Stanley J. and Ronald J. Richard; and five grandchildren. A Mass will be said Thursday at 11 a.m. at All Faiths Funeral Home, 5200 Canal Blvd. Visitation will be today after 7 p.m. and Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m. Burial will be in St. Louis Cemetery No.3.

Lillie Mae V. Robin, a homemaker, died Sunday of an apparent heart attack at her home. She was 74. Mrs. Robin was born in New Orleans and lived in Marrero for the past 45 years. She was a member of Believer's Life Assembly. Survivors include a son, Carl Anthony Robin of Hammond; a daughter, Carol Ann Robin of Garland, Texas; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Believer's Life Assembly, 2074 Paxton St., Harvey.

Sandra Marilyn Royal, a Head Start teacher, died Jan. 25 of undetermined causes at her home. She was 54. Ms. Royal was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She graduated from Walter L. Cohen High School and Southern University at New Orleans. There are no immediate survivors. A funeral will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, 2101 Prytania St. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Gaskin-Tilly Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

J. Peter Schoff, a self-employed ceramic tile installer, died Sunday of a stroke at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was 57. Mr. Schoff was born in Drexel Hill, Pa., and lived in New Orleans and Metairie for the past 30 years. He attended the University of New Orleans and graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi. He was an Air Force veteran. He was a former employee of the A.B.F. Trucking Co. Survivors include his mother, Charlotte Washburn, and two brothers, John J. and David A. Schoff. A memorial service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Visitation will begin Thursday at 10 a.m.

Julia Mirus Siadous, a retired registered nurse, died Saturday of heart failure at her home. She was 64. Mrs. Siadous was born in Corsicana, Texas, and lived in New Orleans for the past three years. She attended St. Martin's Episcopal High School, Louisiana State University and McLennan Junior College in Waco, Texas. She worked at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. Survivors include two daughters, Paula Myers and Julia Murphy; a brother, Carl F. Mirus; and seven grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Thursday at 4 p.m. at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 1101 S. Carrollton Ave. Burial will be in Corsicana. Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Herbert Crow Secrest, a retired entomologist, died Monday at West Jefferson Medical Center. He was 87. Mr. Secrest was born in Columbus, Ohio, and lived in Algiers for the past 45 years. He was an entomologist at the 8th Naval District Station. He was a member emeritus of the Entomological Society of America and a member of West Bank Chapter 1397 of Retired Federal Employees. Survivors include his wife, Thelma Ruehrmund Secrest; two daughters, Lenora Hixon and Linda Foster; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Visitation will be today from 6 to 9 p.m. at Mothe Funeral Home, 1300 Vallette St., Algiers. No funeral will be held. Burial will be in Sarasota, Fla.

Frances M. Spencer, a retired radiological technician, died Sunday at her home. She was 84. Ms. Spencer was born in Jennings and lived in Shreveport, Beaumont, Texas, Houston and New Orleans before moving to Newport, R.I., a year ago. She was the former head of X-ray technology at Willis-Knighton Hospital in Shreveport and later worked at Bossier City Hospital. She attended Dodd College in Shreveport. In New Orleans, she was a member of the Sweet Adelines Chorus, St. Charles Avenue Christian Church and the Uptown Shepherd's Center. In Beaumont, she was a member of First Christian Church. In Newport, she attended the Forest Farm Adult Daycare Center and sang with the Portsmouth Senior Chorus. Survivors include three sisters, Katherine Joiner of Houston, Elizabeth S. Gulley of Beaumont and Ruth H. Spencer. A memorial service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at First Christian Church in Beaumont.

Rosena B. Thibodeaux, a retired cook, died Thursday of a heart attack at University Hospital. She was 82. Mrs. Thibodeaux was born in Pointe Coupee Parish and lived in New Orleans for many years. She was a member and former deaconess of Historic Second Baptist Church and attended the Ambrose Hubbs Senior Center. Survivors include a son, Harry Lee Cannon of San Diego; a daughter, Louise C. Basile; two sisters, Helena Batten of Chicago and Carrie B. Bursey; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. A wake and funeral will be held today at 7 p.m. at Estelle J. Wilson Mortuary, 2715 Danneel St. Dismissal will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

Leatrice Joyce Prater Wilson, a homemaker, died Thursday of undetermined causes at her home. She was 65. Mrs. Wilson was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a member of Little Mount Olive Baptist Church and the White Dove Fellowship and a former member of First Zion Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Arthur Wilson; a son, Louis Verrett; two brothers, Milton and Raymond Prater; a sister, Delores Prater; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Little Mount Olive Baptist Church, 3709 Gen. Taylor St. Visitation will begin at 8:30 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Dorothy Lawless Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.


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