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Feb. 4, 1999

Louis E. Banks Sr., a retired truck driver, died Friday at Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was 75. Mr. Banks was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Doris Banks; two sons, Brian Clinton and Louis E. Banks Jr.; two daughters, Ranee Ervin and Gayle Vincent; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home, 3933 Washington Ave. Visitation will begin Friday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

Joseph F. Bautsch Jr., a retired vice president of Louisiana Power & Light Co., died Tuesday at his home. He was 88. Mr. Bautsch was born in Memphis, Tenn., moved to Kenner as a young man and lived in River Ridge for the past 32 years. He worked for LP&L for 45 years, including service as district manager of the Lutcher, Covington and Metairie offices, manager of the Southeastern Division and vice president for division operations. He was a past board chairman of East Jefferson General Hospital and past president of the Metairie Businessmen's Association and Lions Club. He was a charter member and past chairman of the East Jefferson chapter of the American Red Cross. He was named "Man of the Year' in Jefferson Parish in 1969. Survivors include his wife, Louise Kytle Bautsch; a son, Joseph A. Bautsch of Georgia; two daughters, Patricia McMillan of North Carolina and Dorothy Green of Texas; two brothers, Howard Bautsch of New Orleans and Thomas Bautsch of LaPlace; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said Friday at 11 a.m. at Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 4747 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Visitation will begin Friday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Garden of Memories.

Addie Packnett Breaux, a homemaker, died Jan. 26 at Vencor Hospital of complications from surgery. She was 72. Mrs. Breaux was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She attended Gilbert Academy High School. Survivors include her husband, Edward Breaux Sr.; three sons, Edward Jr., Terrell and Samuel Breaux Sr.; two daughters, Wanda Jean and Madeline Breaux; a brother, Samuel Packnett Sr.; two sisters, Leanna William and Louise Ford; 13 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at House of Faith Church of God in Christ, 2229 Allen St. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park. Gertrude Geddes Willis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Richard R. Clanton Jr., a retired teacher and administrator for the St. Tammany Parish school system, died Tuesday of liver disease at his home. He was 73. Mr. Clanton was born in Dallas and lived in Covington for the past 49 years. He graduated from Veterans High School in Hammond and Southeastern Louisiana College, where he was president of Alpha Omega fraternity and received the Green S. Award. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He taught at Mandeville High School and later was a speech and hearing therapist, supervisor of elementary education, director of transportation, assistant superintendent and director of personnel for the St. Tammany school system. He was a past president of the Covington Community Center, Elementary Section of the Louisiana Teachers Association, Louisiana Personnel Directors Association and Playmakers Inc. He was a past commander of Brandon Fuhrmann Post of the AMVETS. He was a member of the Covington Lions Club, Covington Jaycees, Civitan Club and Covington Masonic Temple Lodge No.188. Survivors include his wife, Patricia Fuhrmann; two sons, Patrick R. and R. Brandon Clanton; two grandchildren; a stepgrandchild; and two stepgreat-grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 2 p.m. at E.J. Fielding Funeral Home, 2260 W. 21st Ave., Covington. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Pinecrest Memorial Gardens.

Guy A. Cardinale Jr., a mechanic and certified transmission specialist, died Monday of a heart attack at his home. He was 36. Mr. Cardinale was a lifelong resident of Chalmette. He worked at D&J Automotive for 20 years. He was a member of the United Commercial Fishermen's Association. Survivors include his wife, Cynthia Fernandez Cardinale; two daughters, Amber Cheri and Hayley-Jude Cardinale; his father, Guy A. Cardinale Sr.; his mother, Diane Ashbey; his stepfather, Leo Galila; two brothers, Leo and Peter Galila; and two sisters, Kim Cardinale Catalanotto and Dina G. Tortorich. A Mass will be said today at 12:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church, 2320 Paris Road, Chalmette. Burial will be in St. Bernard Memorial Gardens. Professional Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Zelda Nellie Cooney, a retired certified medical assistant, died Saturday at West Jefferson Medical Center. She was 80. Miss Cooney was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a former assistant editor of the Louisiana Medical Journal. She was a member of Third Presbyterian Church and Orleans Chapter No.167 of the Order of the Eastern Star. Survivors include a brother, Earl Gerald Cooney Sr. A funeral will be held today at 1 p.m. at Third Presbyterian Church, 2540 Esplanade Ave. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Hope Mausoleum. Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

C.L. Curtis, a retired laborer for Boh Bros. Construction Co., died Saturday of cancer at his home. He was 67. Mr. Curtis was born in Carpenter, Miss., and lived in Harvey for the past 47 years. Survivors include a daughter, Gloria Hornes; two brothers, Edward Curtis of Kentucky and Boston Curtis; two sisters, Olamae and Sadie Curtis, both of Kentucky; a grandchild; and six great-grandchildren. Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Davis Mortuary, 230 Monroe St., Gretna. A funeral will be held Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Chapel Hill Baptist Church in Carpenter. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Roland "Buster" Daste Sr., a retired mason and bricklayer, died Saturday in San Dimas, Calif. He was 88. Mr. Daste was born in New Orleans and lived in Chino Hills, Calif., for the past 2 1/2 years. He worked for J.A. Jones Construction Co. He was an Army veteran and a former member of the Bricklayers International Union. Survivors include a son, Roland Daste Jr.; two brothers, Alvin and Warren Daste; three sisters, Mildred Tenette, Lucille Villa and Marion Blick; a grandchild; and a great-grandchild. A funeral will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Holy Cross Mausoleum in Culver City, Calif. Burial will be in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. Custer Christiansen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Antoinette Duplantis Davis, a homemaker, died Wednesday at her home. She was 89. Mrs. Davis was born in New Orleans and lived in Slidell for many years and in Hattiesburg, Miss., for the past few years. Survivors include a son, Ronald John Davis of Carriere, Miss.; three daughters, Marie Davis Morris of Hernando, Miss., Bette Davis Schuster of Slidell and Janet Davis Headrick; a brother, Michael Calvin Duplantis of New Orleans; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 1751 Gause Blvd. West, Slidell. Visitation will be today from 7 to 10 p.m. at Honaker Funeral Home at the same address.

The Rev. Joseph J. Dorsey Sr., a retired laborer for George Engine Co., in Harvey, died Jan. 28 at West Jefferson Medical Center. He was 81. Rev. Dorsey was a lifelong resident of Paradis. Survivors include a son, Joseph J. Dorsey Jr. of Livermore, Calif.; five daughters, Shirley Dorsey Smith, Vergiania Dorsey White, and Janice, Marilyn and Deborah Dorsey, all of New Orleans; a sister, Rachel D. West of Baton Rouge; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 11 a.m. at Antioch Baptist Church in Des Allemands. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Shell Mound Cemetery in Des Allemands. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Annabell Dugas, a homemaker, died Friday of cardiac arrest at her home. She was 80. Mrs. Dugas was born in Kenner and lived there for many years and in Durant, Miss., for the past four years. Survivors include two daughters, Illona Caines of New Orleans and Rosalind Wiley; a brother, Clarence Willis of Lompoc, Calif.; a sister, Ethel Mitchell of St. James; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. A funeral will be held Friday at 3 p.m. at Durant Missionary Baptist Church in Durant. Burial will be Saturday in Providence Memorial Cemetery in Durant. Century Hairston Funeral Home in Lexington, Miss., is in charge of arrangements.

Elsie Lemieux Dumas, a retired homemaker, died Tuesday at Ferncrest Manor Nursing Home. She was 90. Mrs. Dumas was born in Vacherie and lived in New Orleans for many years. She was a former usher for King Solomon Baptist Church and a former resident of the Maison Orleans. Survivors include two sisters, Beatrice L. Harris and Gussie Stevens. 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 Cemetery.

Kristy Lynn Duplessis, a student at Phoenix High School, died Saturday in a traffic accident on Louisiana 23 near Port Sulphur. She was 17. Ms. Duplessis was born in New Orleans and lived in Davant all her life. Survivors include her companion, Joseph Picquet Jr.; a son, Joseph Picquet III; a daughter, LaShell Duplessis; her father, Warren Duplessis Sr.; her mother, Veronica Duplessis; three brothers, Roman, Andrew and Warren Duplessis Jr.; and two sisters, Pennie Carter and Donna Frederick. A Mass will be said Friday at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Pointe a la Hache. Visitation will begin Friday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Barthelemy Cemetery in Diamond. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Cilton Francisco, a tractor driver, died Friday at Crescent City Health Care Center. He was 78. Mr. Francisco was born in Mansura and lived in New Orleans for the past 35 years. Survivors include his wife, Adeline Francisco, and two brothers, Murphy and Ambrose Francisco. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Fifth African Baptist Church, 3419 S. Robertson St. Visitation will begin Saturday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Littlejohn's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Peter Joseph Gondrella Sr., a retired produce wholesaler, died Wednesday at Meadowcrest Hospital. He was 84. Mr. Gondrella was a lifelong resident of Algiers. He was a parishioner of St. Julian Eymard Catholic Church. Survivors include a son, Peter J. Gondrella Jr.; four daughters, Pearl Gondrella Mann, Betty Gondrella Catalanotto, Ann Gondrella Chance and Jacklyn L. Gondrella; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said Friday at 11:30 a.m. at St. Julian Eymard Catholic Church, 2701 Lawrence St., Algiers. Visitation will be today from 6 to 10 p.m. and Friday from 8 to 11 a.m. at Mothe Funeral Home, 1300 Vallette St., Algiers. Burial will be in Westlawn Memorial Park in Gretna.

Tyrone Christopher Hutton, a security counselor for the New Orleans public school system, died Saturday of kidney failure at Ochsner Foundation Hospital. He was 40. Mr. Hutton was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He graduated from John F. Kennedy High School and Southern University at New Orleans. He was a member of Alpha Phi Omega fraternity. Survivors include his wife, Faith Howard Hutton; two sons, Ian Andre and Tyrone Christopher Hutton II; a daughter, Deborah Nannette Howard; his father, Donald Adams; his mother, Helene Hutton Chapital; his stepfather, Richard Chapital Sr.; and two brothers, Loronzo Hutton and Richard Chapital Jr. A funeral will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Bethany United Methodist Church, 4533 Mendez St. Visitation will begin Friday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Metairie Cemetery. Tharp-Sontheimer-Laudumiey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Joan Maurin Johnson, a retired nurse's aide at Southern Baptist Hospital, died Wednesday of a heart attack at her home. She was 71. Mrs. Johnson was born in Jefferson City, Mo., and lived in New Orleans for 40 years and in Bay St. Louis, Miss., for the past 10 years. Survivors include three sons, John D., Dennis R. and Robert J. Maurin; two daughters, Betty M. Guerin and Sharon M. Soileau; five sisters; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said Friday at noon at Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 4747 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Visitation will be today from 6 to 10 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

Aline Cassanova Kelley, a homemaker, died Wednesday of pneumonia at Lifecare Hospital. She was 72. Mrs. Kelley was born in New Orleans and lived in Arabi for the past 50 years. Survivors include two sons, Patrick and Earl Kelley Jr.; two daughters, Aline Duncan and Kathleen Kelley; her father, Miguel Cassanova; a brother, Irvin Cassanova Sr.; and five grandchildren. A funeral will be held Friday at noon at Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home, 3827 Canal St. Visitation will begin Friday at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Restlawn Park.

Mildred Ann Landry, a retired registered nurse, died Wednesday in Thibodaux. She was 79. Miss Landry was born in Delcambre and lived in Belle Rose. She graduated from Hotel Dieu School of Nursing in New Orleans. She worked at the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital in New Orleans for 30 years. She was a member of the LSU Medical Unit in the Army during World War II. She was a member of the American Legion in Erath. Survivors include a brother, Joseph F. Landry Jr. of Baton Rouge, and four sisters, Flo L. Kelly of Monroe, Elaine L. Martin of Terrytown, Nina L. Breaux of Lafayette and Nell L. Caballero. A Mass will be said Friday at 2 p.m. at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Delcambre. Burial will be in the church mausoleum. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. at Evangeline Funeral Home in Delcambre.

Leonard Mayeaux, a retired supervisor for National Cylinder Gas Co., died Jan. 25 at his home. He was 82. Mr. Mayeaux was born in Hessmer and lived in New Orleans for more than 60 years before moving to LaGrange, Ga. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of Franklin Road Baptist Church and Woodmen of the World. Survivors include his wife, Sibyl Mayeaux; a son, Robert L. Mayeaux of River Ridge; a daughter, Barbara M. Crais of Gretna; two stepdaughters, Kay Lowery and Deborah Abernathy; two brothers, William Mayeaux of Kansas City, Mo., and Amos Mayeaux of New Orleans; two sisters, Matilda M. Bordelon of Hessmer and Gloria M. Benandi of Braithwaite; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. A funeral was held Jan. 27 at Hunter-Allen-Myhand Chapel in LaGrange. Burial was in Restlawn Memory Gardens in LaGrange.

Joan "Tony" Songy Nethery, a retired teacher at St. Andrew the Apostle School, died Tuesday of a heart attack at her home. She was 67. Mrs. Nethery was born in Edgard and lived in Algiers for the past 46 years. She was a parishioner of St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church. Survivors include her husband, Henry S. Nethery; three sons, John, William and Bruce Nethery; two daughters, Margaret and Claudia Nethery; three brothers, Kenneth, Monsignor James and Monsignor Donald Songy; three sisters, Cleo DeGraauw, Enid Nielsen and Elsie Morris; and two grandchildren. A Mass will be said Friday at 11 a.m. at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, 3101 Eton St., Algiers. Visitation will be today from 6 to 10 p.m. and Friday from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at Mothe Funeral Home, 2100 West Bank Expressway, Harvey. Burial will be in Westlawn Memorial Park.

Kizzy Lynn Picquet, a student, died Saturday in a traffic accident near Port Sulphur. She was 18. Miss Picquet was a lifelong resident of Port Sulphur. She attended Port Sulphur High School. She was a member of City Price Baptist Church. Survivors include her father, Joseph Picquet Sr.; her mother, Lisa Picquet; three brothers, Korbe Barthelemy and Elgin and Joseph Picquet Jr.; seven sisters, Sabrina Ragas, Marcia Barthelemy, Kimbaly Billiot, Jamie Williams, and Neely, Cassie and Ouida Picquet; four stepbrothers, Malcolm, Corey, Craig and Chris Picquet; and four stepsisters, Millie Narcisse, and Amanda, Doree and Chana Picquet. A funeral was held Wednesday at City Price Baptist Church. Burial was in Barthelemy Cemetery. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Louise Myrtle Washington Pierre, a homemaker, died Jan. 28 of a heart attack at Memorial Medical Center. She was 87. Mrs. Pierre was born in Convent and lived in New Orleans for many years. She was a member of First Corinthians Baptist Church and its Willing Workers Association. Survivors include nieces and nephews. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at First Corinthians Baptist Church, 2527 Burgundy St. Visitation will begin Saturday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Dale Polkey, a landscaper, died Wednesday of cancer at his home. He was 47. Mr. Polkey was born in New Orleans and lived in Gretna all his life. He attended West Jefferson High School. He was a former owner of Dream Chasers Canoe Rental. Survivors include a son, Kevin Polkey; a stepson, Robby Wagnon III; his mother, Louise Polkey; three brothers, Arthur, Jesse and Ricky Polkey; two sisters, Linda and Maggie Polkey; and a grandchild. A funeral will be held Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at Westside Funeral Home, 5101 West Bank Expressway, Marrero. Visitation will be Friday from 5:30 to 11 p.m.

Herbert D. "Eskimo" Rothwell, a retired national sales manager for the John Henry Co. of Lansing, Mich., died Tuesday of a heart attack at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock, Ark. He was 79. Mr. Rothwell was born in Ontario, Canada, and lived in Quitman, Ark., for the past 42 years. He worked for the John Henry Co. for more than 25 years. Survivors include his wife, Betty Raby Rothwell; three sons, Richard Rothwell of Baton Rouge, Ben Rothwell of Heber Springs, Ark., and Boyd Rothwell of Little Rock; two daughters, Lois Struble of Mandeville and Theresa Jordan; 14 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Olmstead Funeral Home in Heber Springs. Burial will be in Pearson Cemetery in Pearson, Ark.

Abraham Taylor, a cement finisher, died Sunday of heart failure at his home. He was 63. Mr. Taylor was born in Toca and lived in New Orleans for the past 10 years. He was a member of the E.J. Morris Senior Citizen Center. Survivors include two sons, Desi and Abraham Taylor Jr.; three brothers, Charlie Sr., Jessie Jr. and the Rev. James Taylor Sr.; a sister, Earnestine Knighton of Baton Rouge; and a grandchild. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Gertrude Geddes Willis Funeral Home, 1610 Lapeyrouse St. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Merrick Cemetery in Violet.

Helen Watson Taylor, a homemaker, died Saturday of complications from a stroke at her home. She was 73. Mrs. Taylor was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a member of Star Hope Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Louis Taylor Jr.; a son, Edward Everidge Sr.; a brother, Walter Watson Jr.; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A wake and funeral will be held today at 8 p.m. at Star Hope Baptist Church, 2316 Clara St. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Dismissal will be Friday at 10 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Boissiere-Labat Family Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Delbert Michael St. Pierre, a tugboat engineer for an offshore supply company, died Jan. 23 of liver disease at Slidell Memorial Hospital. He was 44. Mr. St. Pierre was born in New Orleans and lived in Slidell. Survivors include a sister, Norma St. Pierre. A private service was held Tuesday at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Cemetery in Westwego. Honaker Funeral Home in Slidell handled arrangements.

Albert Wesley Sr., a retired truck driver for Witco Chemical Co., died Monday at Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was 86. Mr. Wesley was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include three sons, Calvin, Russell and Albert Wesley Jr.; two daughters, Bettie W. Bogues and Gale W. Williams; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Greater Providence Baptist Church, 623 Newton St., Algiers. Visitation will begin Friday at 8 a.m. Burial will be in McDonoghville Cemetery in Gretna. Murray Henderson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

David Williams Jr., a pipe fitter for Murphy Oil Co., died Monday of a heart attack at Chalmette Medical Center. He was 46. Mr. Williams was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was a member of Pure Light Missionary Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Wendy Cornelius Williams; two sons, David Williams III and Calton Davis; a sister, Daisy Honore of Lettsworth; and four grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Pure Light Missionary Baptist Church, 3944 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park. Dorothy Lawless Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Feb. 6, 1999

Patrick Autmon, a waiter and actor, died Sunday of pneumonia at Charity Hospital. He was 33. Mr. Autmon was born in New Orleans and lived in Port Sulphur for the past five months. He graduated from McMain Magnet High School and attended the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Southern University at New Orleans and Delgado Community College. He was a member of New Home Full Gospel Baptist Church and its choir. Survivors include his mother, Geraldine E. Autmon; his stepfather, Alvin Williams; four brothers, Anthony, William Bernard, Woodrow Jr. and Tarais L. Autmon Sr.; a sister, Sandra Marie Autmon; and two stepsisters, Leslie Williams and Lynn Ingraham. A funeral will be held today at noon at New Home Full Gospel Baptist Church, 1616 Carondelet St. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Estelle J. Wilson Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Marvin Eugene Cordes Sr., a motion picture projectionist, died Thursday of a heart attack at Meadowcrest Hospital. He was 66. Mr. Cordes was born in New Orleans and lived in Terrytown for the past 37 years. He was a member of Loyal Order of Moose Harvey Lodge No.210. Survivors include his wife, Yolanda Vidal Cordes; two sons, Allen and Marvin E. Cordes Jr.; a daughter, Cecilia D. Cordes; a brother, Warren H. Cordes Jr.; and two sisters, Gloria R. Ogden and Blanche R. Lanier. A funeral will be held today at 3 p.m. at Westside Funeral Home, 5101 West Bank Expressway, Marrero. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Westlawn Memorial Park.

Marie Helen Schuman Courneya, a homemaker, died Jan. 20 of cancer at her home. She was 71. Mrs. Courneya was born in Harrison, Ark., and lived in Port Richey, Fla. She was a member of the Women of the Moose and the Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Post No. 2195. Survivors include her husband, Martin J. Courneya; two sons, Richard Lee Schuman of Mandeville and Wayne Schuman; two daughters, Patricia Ann Mankin of Dallas and Carol Jean Brechter; two brothers, Doylee "Doc" and Arthur Melvin Delaney, both of Oklahoma; a sister, Lola Mae Delaney Rogers of Henderson, Tenn.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A graveside service was held Jan. 25 at Bluff Cemetery in Springdale, Ark. Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Home in Springdale handled arrangements.

Walter J. Crimmins, a Lubbock, Texas, police detective, died Dec. 29 in a traffic accident in Lubbock. He was 57. Mr. Crimmins was born in New Orleans and lived in Lubbock for many years. He graduated from Alcee Fortier High School and Wayland Baptist University. He was an Air Force veteran. He joined the Lubbock Police Department in 1967 and was promoted to corporal in June. He also owned Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream stores for many years. He was a member of Raintree Christian Church, Elks Lodge No.1348, the Lubbock Professional Police Association and the Combined Law Enforcement Agencies of Texas. He was a Master Mason, a past master of MacKenzie Masonic Lodge No.1327, a past deputy grandmaster of District 92B, a 32nd-degree Mason and a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies of Lubbock. Survivors include his wife, Pat Copeland Crimmins; a son, Randy Crimmins of Houston; a daughter, Shonni Collier; his mother, Audrey Crimmins of Jefferson; two brothers, David Crimmins of Metairie and Ronnie Crimmins of Abita Springs; a sister, Denise Crimmins of Jefferson; and four grandchildren. A funeral was held Dec. 31 at Raintree Christian Church. Burial was in the City of Lubbock Cemetery. Rix Funeral Directors handled arrangements.

Warren Lee Dyer died Wednesday of cancer at University Hospital. He was 35. Mr. Dyer was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include his father, Eddie Williams; his mother, Marguerite Dorothy Dyer; four brothers, Melvin, Bernard, Elton and Tyrone Dyer; a sister, Leatrice Dyer; and his grandparents, Beatrice and James Moore Sr. A funeral will be held today at 9 a.m. at Littlejohn's Funeral Home, 2163 Aubry St. Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Holt Cemetery.

Elizabeth H. Gandolfi, a homemaker, died Wednesday of a heart attack at her home. She was 83. Mrs. Gandolfi was born in New Orleans and lived in Harvey for the past 35 years. Survivors include a son, Arthur J. Gandolfi Jr.; a daughter, Barbara A. Gandolfi; a grandchild; and a great-grandchild. A funeral will be held today at 9 a.m. at Mothe Funeral Home, 2100 West Bank Expressway, Harvey. Visitation will begin at 7:30 a.m.. Burial will be in St. John Cemetery.

Donelson Caffery Gillis Sr., co-founder of Gillis-Hood Moving and Storage Co. and Security Bonded Warehousing Co. in San Antonio, died Tuesday at Northeast Baptist Hospital in San Antonio. He was 92. Mr. Gillis was born in St. Bernard Parish, grew up in Long Beach, Miss., and Alexandria, and lived in San Antonio for many years. After retiring, he became a real estate broker and president of the Walter Goodwin Real Estate Investment Co. He was a past president of the Defense Transportation Association. He was a member of the Argyle Club, the Revelers, the Sons of the American Revolution, the Magna Charta Barons, the Society of Colonial Wars and the Society of Mayflower Descendants. Survivors include his wife, Patricia Gillis; a daughter, Patricia Bose; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. A Mass was said Thursday at St. Anthony de Padua Catholic Church in San Antonio. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Park. Porter Loring Mortuary in San Antonio handled arrangements.

Shirley M. Giroir, a retired food department supervisor for the Archdiocese of New Orleans school system, died Friday of a stroke at East Jefferson General Hospital. She was 75. Mrs. Giroir was born in New Orleans and lived in Kenner for the past three years. She worked for the archdiocese for 41 years. Survivors include two sons, Mike and Rey J. Giroir; two brothers, Warren J. Sr. and John F. Meyer Jr.; two sisters, Patricia M. Faia and Aloise M. Pfefferle; and five grandchildren. A Mass will be said Monday at 10 a.m. at All Faiths Funeral Home, 5200 Canal Blvd. Visitation will be Sunday from 7 to 10 p.m. and Monday from 9 to 10 a.m. Burial will be in Lake Lawn Park Cemetery.

Martha D. Gould, a retired bookkeeper for Ohio Tool Co. and Vulcan Industries, died Jan. 28 at NorthShore Regional Medical Center. She was 79. Mrs. Gould was born in Archbold, Ohio, and lived in Toledo, Ohio, for many years and in Pearl River for the past year. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Toledo. Survivors include a son, Richard W. Gould Jr.; a daughter, Susan Jill Wirtz of Belgium, Wis.; a brother, Robert Dimke of Louisville, Ky.; two sisters, Kathryn Liebold of Toledo and Theola Gutierrez of Carmel, N.Y.; and five grandchildren. A funeral was held Monday at Bersticker-Scott Funeral Home in Toledo. Burial was in Archbold Cemetery in Archbold. Honaker Funeral Home in Slidell handled local arrangements.

Sidney Louis Laurent, a retired painter, died Wednesday of a heart attack at East Jefferson General Hospital. He was 78. Mr. Laurent was born in New Orleans and lived in Metairie for 33 years and in Madisonville for 18 years before returning to Metairie 1 1/2 years ago. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a former member of the International Painters Union. He was a member of Metairie Lodge No.444, Scottish Rite of Freemasonry 32nd Degree, Farhad Grotto and its Bug Patrol, Al Azar Grotto and its Bee Unit and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No.8720. Survivors include his wife, Ruth Owen Laurent; four sons, James W., Thomas O., Richard L. and John N. Laurent; two daughters, Barbara L. Holliday and Beverly L. Lively; 21 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 11 a.m. at Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home, 1600 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie. Burial will be in Garden of Memories.

Dr. Othel Eugene Lovell Jr., a retired vice president of academic affairs for Nicholls State University, died Thursday of complications from surgery at Thibodaux Regional Medical Center. He was 70. Dr. Lovell was born in Shreveport and lived in Thibodaux for the past 36 years. He graduated from Northwestern State University and Louisiana State University. He was a professor at Louisiana State University at New Orleans from 1959 to 1962. He was a member of the National Organization on Legal Problems in Education, Phi Delta Kappa, Phi Alpha Theta, Kappa Delta Pi and Kappa Phi Kappa. He was a past president of the Thibodaux Rotary Club, past district chairman of the Boy Scouts of America and commissioner of the Thibodaux Voluntary Fire Department-Lafourche Parish Fire Protection District No.4. He was a vestry member and senior warden of St. John's Episcopal Church and a captain in the Army Reserve. Survivors include his wife, Rosemary Fleming Lovell; a son, Bruce Lacombe; a daughter, Alicia Lovell Moore; and three grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 11 a.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 718 Jackson St., Thibodaux. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Landry's Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Gertrude Lorraine Noble, a retired clothing boutique manager and dance instructor, died Thursday at Touro Infirmary. She was 80. Mrs. Noble was born in Lumberton, Miss., and lived in New Orleans most of her life. Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Schenkenberger of Tucson, Ariz., and Dianne Blain; and two grandchildren. Services will be private. Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Thelma Jones Rogers, a homemaker, died Tuesday of heart failure at West Jefferson Medical Center. She was 76. Ms. Rogers was born in New Orleans and lived in Harvey for the past 15 years. She was a member of Home Mission Baptist Church. Survivors include a niece and a brother-in-law. A funeral will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Majestic Mortuary, 1833 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

Carl D. Smith Sr., a landscaper and gardener, died Wednesday of a heart attack at St. Charles Hospital. He was 39. Mr. Smith was a lifelong resident of New Sarpy. Survivors include a son, Carl Smith Jr.; two daughters, Suzanne Hampton and Lalisha Seymore; his father, Caswell Smith Sr.; his mother, Cornelia Smith; five brothers, Alex Sr., Ulrich Sr., Orvette Sr., Thyne and Zelvin Smith Sr.; 10 sisters, Oran Mackie, Zelvinlynn Taylor, Tiffany White, Mercenetta Harvey, Tattier Charles, Corcasa Walker, Karika Howard and Zerlander, Zattier and Ranza Smith; and a grandchild. A memorial service will be held today at 11 a.m. at Robottom Mortuary on River Road in Service.

Marcelle Halphen Smith, a homemaker, died Friday at her home. She was 87. Mrs. Smith was born in St. Martinville and had lived in New Orleans for the past 70 years. She graduated from Soule Business College. She was a member of the People Program. Survivors include four sons, Daniel C. Smith of Atlanta, Michael W. Smith of Mandeville and Herbert P. and Kenneth M. Smith; two daughters, Phyllis S. Howley and Kay S. Nicolay; a brother, Bernard Halphen; two sisters, Anna Mae deLaunay of St. Martinville and Nella Burke; 19 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at 1 p.m. at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Lake Lawn Park Mausoleum.

Shirley Joseph "Joe" Surgi, a retired employee of D.A. Exterminating Co., died Wednesday of cancer at his home. He was 79. Mr. Surgi was born in New Orleans and lived in LaPlace for the past 15 years. Survivors include a son, Brian J. Surgi; a daughter, Cheryl Surgi Oliveri; two sisters, Ethel Surgi Koerkel and Beverly Surgi Kraemer; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at 1 p.m. at Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home, 1600 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie. Burial will be in Garden of Memories.


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