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March 19, 1998

HENRY ASMORE

Henry Asmore, a retired laborer, died Saturday of heart failure at his home. He was 76. Mr. Asmore was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include his wife, Shirley B. Asmore; seven sons, Vincent, Paul, Gerard, Raymond, Charles, Lenroy and Cornelius Asmore; 11 daughters, Lola, Bertha, Patricia, Anastasia, Mary Martha, Mary Magdaline, Angelica and Geralyn Asmore, Elmira Simpson, Barbara Mark and Antonia Burke; a sister, Edna Asmore; 33 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Majestic Mortuary, 1833 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. Visitation will begin Friday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Green Street Cemetery.

MARLENE BOUSZEIX BOUCREE

Marlene Bouszeix Boucree, a retired employee of the Sears, Roebuck and Co. Credit Bureau, died Tuesday of multiple myeloma at Metropolitan Hospice. She was 62. Ms. Boucree was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a member of the Institute of Divine Metaphysical Research. Survivors include two daughters, Deirdre Boucree Staes and Christy Boucree Pichon; and four grandchildren. A funeral will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Institute of Divine Metaphysical Research, 6760 Morrison Road. Visitation will begin Friday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

BURNADETTE `PEPPER' BUTLER

Burnadette ``Pepper'' Butler, a homemaker, died Tuesday of heart failure at Columbia Lakeland Medical Center. She was 44. Ms. Butler was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School and a member of the Abundant Life Full Gospel Ministries Choir. Survivors include her mother, Lillian Butler; two brothers, Nathan and Melvin Butler; five sisters, Olivia J. Honora, Beulah B. George, Lillian B. Davis, Lynn B. Slugger and Karen Butler; two stepbrothers, Robert and Ferdinand Offray; and two stepsisters, Suzanne Offray and Marva Gibson. A wake and funeral will be held Friday at 7 p.m. at Abundant Life Full Gospel Ministries, 6936 Downman Road. Visitation will begin Friday at 5 p.m. Dismissal will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the church. Visitation Saturday will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

FRANCES DULIE

Frances Dulie, a child care worker, died Monday at Advance Care Hospital in Marrero. She was 84. Mrs. Dulie was born in Winston-Salem, N.C., and lived in Harvey for the past four years. Survivors include three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at Gilmore Funeral Home in Winston-Salem. Burial will be in Piedmont Memorial Cemetery in Winston-Salem. Earl Baloney and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

CHARLIE JAMES GARNER

Charlie James Garner, an oilfield supervisor, died Sunday in a traffic accident in Sunrise. He was 39. Mr. Garner was born in Shaw, Miss., and had lived in Empire for many years. Survivors include his wife, Molly Robinson-Garner; a son, Travis Garner; a daughter, Treshell Garner; his parents, Frank and Edna M. Garner; four brothers, Frank and Prince Garner and Julius and Kenneth Rainey; and three sisters, Doreatha Marshall, Jacqueline Hall and Edna J. Garner. A funeral will be held Saturday at noon at First Mount Zion Baptist Church, 134 Mount Zion Lane, Sunrise. Visitation will be Friday from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Gertrude Geddes Willis Funeral Home, 2120 Jackson Ave., New Orleans, and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the church. Burial will be in Our Lady of Good Harbor Cemetery in Buras.

ANDREW B. GIROIR

Andrew B. Giroir, a former employee of Gray Line Tours, died Monday of a heart attack at Touro Infirmary. He was 62. Mr. Giroir was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He also was a former employee of Maenza Bros. and Toye Bros. Survivors include three sons, Andrew J., Brian J. and Bobby C. Giroir; his father, Bodily J. Giroir; his mother, Veronica Lee Wambsgans; three sisters, Shelia R. Sheets, Marlene W. Meilleur and Sarah Wambsgans; and two grandchildren. A Mass will be said Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home, 3827 Canal St. Visitation will begin Friday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in St. Vincent Cemetery.

FLORENCE GERTRUDE HEFFNER

Florence Gertrude Heffner, a homemaker, died Saturday at Touro Infirmary. She was 92. Mrs. Heffner was born in Altoona, Pa., and lived in New Orleans for the past few years. She was a former member of Capitol Street United Methodist Church in Jackson, Miss. Survivors include a son, Richard E. Heffner; three grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. A funeral was held Tuesday at Lakewood Memorial Funeral Home in Jackson. Burial was in Lakewood Memorial Park.

DAVID MICHAEL JONES

David Michael Jones, a self-employed architectural draftsman, died Sunday of heart disease at Touro Infirmary. He was 38. Mr. Jones was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include six brothers, Daryl Richard, Robert Anthony, Kenneth Paul, Gregory Peter, Daniel Martin and Harold Joseph Jones Jr.; and three sisters, Ruby Jones, Carol Jones Willis and Cheryl Jones Brown. A Mass will be said Friday at noon at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, 1923 St. Philip St. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park. Charbonnet-Labat Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

EDWARD JOSEPH JR.

Edward Joseph Jr., a former foreman for Daniels Construction Co. in New Jersey, died Friday of complications from quadriplegia at Morristown Hospital in Morristown, N.J. He was 58. Mr. Joseph was born in New Orleans and lived in Morristown for the past nine years. Survivors include his wife, Mercedes Ingram Joseph; two sons, Orlon T. and Edward Joseph III; four daughters, Melony Jones, Yolanda Joseph, Donna Morgan Williams and Darlene Monique Morgan; his mother, Martha Denard Joseph; a sister, Juanita Joseph Benjamin; and nine grandchildren. A funeral will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at Davis Mortuary, 6820 West Bank Expressway, Marrero. Burial will be in Restlawn Park in Avondale.

MELVIN KISACK

Melvin Kisack, owner of Rid-A-Pest pest-control company, died Saturday of colon cancer at his home. He was 54. Mr. Kisack was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include two daughters, Tomika and Shante Kisack; two brothers, Leonard Jerry Kisack of London, England, and Steven Kisack; a sister, Shirley Greene of Seaside, Calif.; and five 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 Mount Olivet Cemetery.

PERCY GEORGE BERNARD KNOX IV

Percy George Bernard Knox IV died Wednesday at birth at Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital. Survivors include his father, Percy George Bernard Knox III; his mother, Erica Scott; and his grandparents, Emma Jean Scott, Lisa Knox, Percy George Bernard Knox Jr. and Louis Toomer. A graveside service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Resthaven Memorial Park, 10400 Old Gentilly Road. Littlejohn's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

LYNN LABUZAN LASSAI

Lynn Labuzan Lassai, a cosmetologist and co-owner of Cha'Lyn's Beauty Salon, died Tuesday of cancer at her home. She was 51. Mrs. Lassai was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School. Survivors include her husband, Harold Lassai; two sons, Peter and Harold Lassai Jr.; her mother, Grace Miller Labuzan; a sister, Phyllis Labuzan Jones; and three grandchildren. A Mass will be said Friday at 11:30 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 2203 Second St. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in St. Louis Cemetery No. 3. Louisiana Undertaking Co. is in charge of arrangements.

SAXONY JEROME LEWIS

Saxony Jerome Lewis died Friday of sudden infant death syndrome at St. Claude Medical Center. He was 2 months old and lived in New Orleans. Survivors include his mother, Quentilla D. Lewis; his father, Saxony M. Gordon; two brothers, Ramon and Wendell Lewis; his grandparents, Anthony and Edwina Coleman, Clara Lewis, Eunice and Billy Gordon, and Pam Gibson; and his great-grandmother, Elorna Lewis. A funeral will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Gaskin-Tilly Mortuary, 1225 N. Rampart St. Visitation will begin Friday at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Green Street Cemetery.

RONALD BERNARD POWER

Ronald Bernard Power, a retired clerk-checker, died Tuesday of a brain tumor at Memorial Medical Center. He was 54. Mr. Power was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was a former member of Clerks and Checkers Local Union No. 1497 of the International Longshoremen's Association. Survivors include his wife, Sherry Ann Downard Power; a daughter, Donna Elizabeth Power; a brother, E.J. Power; and a sister, Elizabeth Beatrice Klumpp. A Mass will be said today at noon at Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 4747 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

THELMA `LOU' RICARD

Thelma ``Lou'' Ricard, a homemaker, died Monday of cancer at her home. She was 70. Mrs. Ricard was born in McIntyre, Ga., and lived in New Orleans for the past 35 years. Survivors include her husband, Alfred E. Ricard; a son, Darryl S. Ricard; three daughters, Sharon Ricard Borne of Denver, Sandra ``Buck'' Glover and Sheilah R. DeGruy; and two grandchildren. Services will be private. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Mausoleum. Charbonnet-Labat Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

MARGARET ANN READO ROBINSON

Margaret Ann Reado Robinson, an operator and dispatcher for BellSouth, died Saturday of cancer at West Jefferson Medical Center. She was 46. Ms. Robinson was born in Raceland and lived in Gretna for the past 40 years. Survivors include a son, Dylan Delaune; a brother, Russell Folse; and six sisters, Octavia Thomas, Lydia Robinson, Daisy Triggs, Barbara Camp, and Emelda and Rosalee Reado. Visitation will be Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Davis Mortuary, 6820 West Bank Expressway, Marrero. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Baptist Church in Thibodaux. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery in Thibodaux.

ROBERT J. RODRIGUEZ

Robert J. Rodriguez, a retired truck driver, died Tuesday of cancer at Slidell Memorial Hospital. He was 63. Mr. Rodriguez was born in New Orleans and lived in Carriere, Miss. Survivors include six sons, Monte, Rusty, Jack, Joseph, Phillip and Bryan Rodriguez; five daughters, Karen, Darlene, DeAndra, Teri and Bobbie Jo Rodriguez; and a brother, Otto J. Rodriguez of Slidell. Services will be private. Honaker Funeral Home in Slidell is in charge of arrangements.

C.W. `WINDY' SAGER JR.

C.W. ``Windy'' Sager Jr., a pipeline welder, died Tuesday of a heart attack after prostate cancer surgery at East Jefferson General Hospital. He was 52. Mr. Sager was born in Water Valley, Miss., and lived in Metairie for the past 30 years. He graduated from Water Valley High School. He was an Army veteran and a member of Christian Church of Slidell. Survivors include his wife, Janet Sager; a son, John Russell Clark; a daughter, Carrie Ann Brown; his mother, Anna Sager; a sister, Marilyn Blankenship; and four grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 7 p.m. at Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 4747 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. Burial will be in Water Valley.

CRAIG SCOTT

Craig Scott, a laborer for Gil's Auto Repair, died Sunday of a gunshot wound in the 3200 block of Byrne Place. He was 25. Mr. Scott was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include his fiancee, Keneitha Morris; a daughter, Creshone Scott; three brothers, Reginald Johnson, Washington Scott Jr. and Gregory Harris; three sisters, LaLanne, Eliska and Shamari Scott; and his grandmother, Marjorie Scott. A memorial service will be held today at 11 a.m. at D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home, 3933 Washington Ave.

ELIZABETH `BETTY' JONES SCOTT

Elizabeth ``Betty'' Jones Scott, a retired laundry worker for the St. Louis Hotel and Chalmette Laundry, died Saturday of complications from emphysema at Maison Orleans Nursing Home No. 2. She was 77. Ms. Scott was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include a son, Charles Andrews Jr.; a daughter, India Scott; a stepson, Freddie Williams; two stepdaughters, Mildred Howard and Brenda Perkins; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home, 3933 Washington Ave. Visitation will begin Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in St. Louis Cemetery No. 3.

WILHELMINA SIMMS

Wilhelmina Simms, a homemaker, died Saturday at St. Charles General Hospital. She was 87. Mrs. Simms was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was an honorary deaconess of St. Bernard Community Baptist Church. Survivors include two sons, Edward and Lionel Simms; five daughters, Evelyn Ballom, Doris Simms, Elaine and Gwendolyn Johnson, and Theresa Watson; 55 grandchildren; 105 great-grandchildren; and 19 great-great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Friday at 8 p.m. at St. Bernard Community Baptist Church, 3938 St. Bernard Ave. Visitation will begin Friday at 6 p.m. Dismissal will be Saturday at 9 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Holt Cemetery. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

CABLE LEE `WOLF' SORELLS SR.

Cable Lee ``Wolf'' Sorells Sr., a retired sandblaster and painter for Avondale Shipyards, died Tuesday of cancer at his home. He was 69. Mr. Sorells was born in Claiborne County, Miss., and lived in Marrero. Survivors include his wife, Nora L. Sorells; five sons, Lee Roy, Joe, Bennie, Edward and Cable Lee Sorells Jr.; a daughter, JoAnn Sorells LaMark; a brother, Ben Sorells Jr.; two sisters, Hattie Mae Sorells and Dorothy Nettles; 13 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. A wake will be held Friday at 8 p.m. at Rock of Ages Baptist Church, 6564 Acre Road, Marrero. A funeral will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Montro Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Hermanville, Miss. Burial will be in the Hermanville church's cemetery. Davis Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

EUGENE KEITH SUMMERS

Eugene Keith Summers, an executive sales manager for Bronner Bros. of Atlanta, died Sunday of a heart attack in Hattiesburg, Miss. He was 45. Mr. Summers was born in New Orleans and lived in Kenner for the past 21 years. He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School and attended Southern University at New Orleans. He was an Army veteran and a deacon at Second New Guide Missionary Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Gladys Jackson Summers; a son, Keith Summers; two daughters, Ivy Summers and Candice Lieteau; two brothers, Melvin Dennis and Floyd Summers; and two sisters, Evelyn Hayes and Dorothy Franklin. A wake and funeral will be held Friday at 8 p.m. at Second New Guide Missionary Baptist Church, 1435 Wilson Ave., Metairie. Dismissal will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

ERMA TERESA FIGUEROA TRENT

Erma Teresa Figueroa Trent, a retired courthouse clerk, died Tuesday at East Jefferson General Hospital. She was 93. Mrs. Trent was born in Yuma, Ariz., and lived in New Orleans for the past 50 years. Survivors include two sons, Aubrey and Judge Louis P. Trent; a sister, Lucina Espinosa; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services will be private.

HENRY PAUL VIERING JR.

Henry Paul Viering Jr., a retired electrical worker, died Saturday at West Jefferson Medical Center. He was 81. Mr. Viering was a lifelong resident of Gretna. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars John McDonogh Post 3121 and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 130. His father, the late Henry Paul Viering Sr., was a mayor of Gretna. Survivors include his wife, Pearl Hauffe Viering; three sons, Stephen Paul, Russell James and Eric Charles Viering; two daughters, Carroll Ann Hourcade and Paulette Carlin; a sister, Grace Adkins; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. A Mass will be said Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 924 Monroe St., Gretna. Visitation will begin Saturday at 9 a.m. Burial will be private. Mothe Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

BRENDA BAJON WINGATE

Brenda Bajon Wingate, a homemaker, died Tuesday of complications from multiple sclerosis at her home. She was 34. Mrs. Wingate was born in Metairie and lived in Slidell for the past four years. She graduated from Archbishop Chapelle High School and attended the University of New Orleans and the University of Southern Mississippi. She was a member of the tennis team at both universities. Survivors include her husband, Mark R. Wingate; her father, Lloyd T. Bajon Jr.; her mother, Sylvia Sellen; a brother, Hank M. Mills; two sisters, Bonnie Meliet and Beth Bajon; and her grandmother, Marion B. Steib. A Mass will be said Friday at noon at St. Ann Catholic Church, 4900 Loveland St., Metairie. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in All Saints Mausoleum. Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

March 20, 1998

NATHAN ARMSTRONG

Nathan Armstrong, an Air Force veteran, died Monday of undetermined causes at Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was 49. Mr. Armstrong was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include a sister, Elnora Stewart. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Dennis Mortuary, 1812 Louisiana Ave. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

MARY JANE BAPTISTE

Mary Jane Baptiste, a homemaker, died March 11 of pneumonia at Touro Infirmary. She was 46. Mrs. Baptiste was born in New Orleans and had lived in Jefferson for many years. Survivors include her husband, Albert Baptiste Sr.; six sons, Eric, Kevin, Michael, Trone, Marvin and Albert Baptiste Jr.; four daughters, Sheneatha, Kim, Sylvia and Tamika Baptiste; her mother, Geneva Howard; two brothers, Ricky and Lawrence Howard Jr.; three sisters, Geraldine Howard, Betty Smith and Joyce Thompson; and a grandchild. A funeral will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home, 3933 Washington Ave. Visitation will begin at 11:30 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

MATHILDE MARTIN BEAUVAIS

Mathilde Martin Beauvais, a homemaker, died Tuesday of cancer at her home. She was 98. Mrs. Beauvais was born in Lucy and lived in Venice in Plaquemines Parish for the past 10 years. Survivors include three sons, Robert F., Garland J. and Newton E. Beauvais Jr.; a daughter, Norma Beauvais Gogreve; 29 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Venice. Visitation will begin at 8:30 a.m. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Edgard. Mothe Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

LEMON VanNORMAN BONDS

Lemon VanNorman Bonds, a homemaker, died Saturday of complications from pneumonia at Vencor Hospital. She was 95. Mrs. Bonds was born in Gloster, Miss., and lived in New Orleans for the past 20 years. She was a member of St. James A.M.E. Church. Survivors include six sons, James, Arcell, Moses, Paul, Larry and Frank Bonds Jr.; a daughter, Syvella James; 21 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. James A.M.E. Church, 222 N. Roman St. Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

JAKE BOYKINS

Jake Boykins, a retired factory worker, died March 12 at his home. He was 77. Mr. Boykins was born in Garyville and lived in New Orleans for the past 70 years. He was a member of The House of the Eternal Church. Survivors include a sister, Dora Brisbon. A funeral will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Gertrude Geddes Willis Funeral Home, 2120 Jackson Ave. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Restlawn Park in Avondale.

WILLARD THOMAS BROOKS

Willard Thomas Brooks, a retired clerk for the Minerals Management Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior, died Tuesday of kidney failure at Columbia Lakeland Medical Center. He was 72. Mr. Brooks was born in Napoleonville and lived in Marrero before moving to Maison Orleans Nursing Home II in New Orleans three years ago. He graduated from Lorey High School in Donaldsonville and attended Delgado Community College. He was a member of Tulane Memorial Baptist Church. Survivors include nieces and nephews. A funeral will be held Saturday at noon at Davis Mortuary, 6820 West Bank Expressway, Marrero. Visitation will begin Saturday at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Restlawn Park in Avondale.

JAMES RUFUS BULLOCK

James Rufus Bullock, a retired maintenance engineer for Kaiser Aluminum, died Monday of heart failure at his home. He was 66. Mr. Bullock was born in Covington County, Miss., and had lived in Chalmette since 1939. He was a member of David R. Graham Lodge No. 413, F&AM. Survivors include his wife, Betty A. Bullock of McLain, Miss.; a son, James R. Bullock Jr. of Canton, Texas; three daughters, Mary Ann McFarland and Barbara Craft of Hattiesburg, Miss., and Evelyn Neal of Gilbertown, Ala.; a brother, Josiah Bullock of New Orleans; a sister, DeElvia Lott of Portland, Ore.; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Moore Funeral Home in Hattiesburg. Visitation will be today from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Bullock Cemetery in Sanford, Miss.

JOHNNEY E. BURTON

Johnney E. Burton, a carpenter, died March 11 of heart failure at his home. He was 61. Mr. Burton was born in Kentwood and had lived in New Orleans for many years. Survivors include his mother, Minerva B. Garner. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at First Zion Baptist Church, 1409 S. Causeway Blvd., Jefferson. Burial will be in First Zion Cemetery. Dennis Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

LARRY CLARK-GENTRY

Larry Clark-Gentry, a student at Lovejoy High School in Hampton, Ga., died March 13 of an accidental gunshot wound in Riverdale, Ga. He was 15. Mr. Clark-Gentry was born in New Orleans and lived in Riverdale for the past four years. Survivors include his mother, Dennette Clark; his father, Larry Gentry of New Orleans; his stepfather, Jimmy White; a brother, Tommy Clark; two sisters, Keyan Taylor of New Orleans and Lauren A. Gentry; and his grandmother, Rose Gentry of New Orleans. A funeral will be held Saturday at noon at Bibleway Missionary Baptist Church, 3201 Orleans Ave. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park. Cooper-Glapion Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

BERTHA MAE DE MAGNUS

Bertha Mae De Magnus, owner of Joe's Deluxe Cleaners, died Tuesday of heart failure at her home. She was 67. Mrs. De Magnus was born in Colfax and lived in New Orleans for the past 52 years. Survivors include her husband, Joseph O. De Magnus; five sons, Joseph Jr. and Lionel Daggs Sr., Kevin and Joseph De Magnus Jr. and Terry Reed; three daughters, Diane Washington, Linda Griffin and Kathy De Magnus; her mother, Lizzie Rogers; a brother, Cleveland Rogers; two sisters, Eula Mae Phillips and Dorothy Jean McDaniels; 15 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at noon at Boissiere-Labat Family Funeral Services, 1703 N. Claiborne Ave. Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

ZIVA FERNANDEZ

Ziva Fernandez died Sunday of undetermined causes at her home. She was 26. Mrs. Fernandez was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include two daughters, Victoria and Rockesy Fernandez; her parents, Irene and Lee Marvin West; and her grandparents, Lionel and Thelma Foster and Elaine Holmes. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home, 1716 N. Claiborne Ave. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

CLARENCE JOSEPH GELPI

Clarence Joseph Gelpi, a retired certified public accountant, died Wednesday of Alzheimer's disease at his home. He was 89. Mr. Gelpi was born in New Orleans and lived there for many years and in Mandeville for the past three years. He graduated from Loyola University. He was the former owner and president of Matthews Feed Co. He was a major in the Army during World War II, serving in the Transportation Corps and port operations in Europe, and was awarded the Bronze Star. He was a founding member of the Bienville Club and a member of the Pickwick Club, the Stratford Club and the New Orleans Country Club. Survivors include a daughter, Susan Gelpi Coates; a sister, Corinne Gelpi Berthelson; and a grandchild. A Mass will be said Saturday at noon at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Lake Lawn Park Mausoleum.

DAMON FREDDIE GREEN JR.

Damon Freddie Green Jr. was stillborn March 12 at Charity Hospital. Survivors include his mother, Roxanne Henderson; his father, Damon Freddie Green Sr.; and his grandparents, Vista Line Henderson and Shelia Green. Dismissal will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at New Genesis Bible Church, 3701 Franklin Ave. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

CHARLES HUGLE

Charles Hugle, a maintenance worker for the Housing Authority of New Orleans, died Saturday of a stroke at Charity Hospital. He was 48. Mr. Hugle was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include his wife, Cynthia Hugle; a son, Tirrell Hugle; a daughter, Trenell Hugle; his father, Herbert Hugle Sr.; six brothers, Edward, Dennis, Elroy, Clarence and Herbert Hugle Jr. and John Gasper; and two sisters, Carol Ann Brown and Jubeth Hugle. A funeral will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. at Cooper-Glapion Funeral Home, 2201 Caffin Ave. Visitation will begin Saturday at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

CURTIS JONES

Curtis Jones, an office clerk, died Saturday of a heart attack at his home. He was 25. Mr. Jones was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He graduated from John F. Kennedy High School. He was a member or former member of Greater Liberty Baptist Church, Beacon Light Baptist Church and Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church. Survivors include his mother, Joyce Jones; two brothers, Darnell and Bruce Jones; three sisters, Natasha and Semura Jones and Omeeka Spooner; his grandmother, Cleo Jackson; and his great-grandmother, Jessie M. Lampton of Tylertown, Miss. A funeral will be held today at 8 p.m. at Greater Liberty Baptist Church, 1230 Desire St. Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. Dismissal will be Saturday at 9 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in the Lampton family cemetery in Tylertown. Craft Funeral Home in Tylertown is in charge of arrangements.

LIONEL `WOLF' JONES

Lionel ``Wolf'' Jones, a former New Orleans police officer, teacher and coach, died Tuesday at Regional Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn., of injuries suffered in a March 3 traffic accident. He was 54. Mr. Jones was born in Algiers and moved to Memphis about 20 years ago. He was a graduate of L.B. Landry High School and Southern University in Baton Rouge. He played professional baseball with the Atlanta Braves and football with the Cincinnati Bengals and New Orleans Saints. Survivors include a son, Nathan Jones; three daughters, LeElla, Ella and Marvella Jones; and a brother, Klem Jones. A wake will be held tonight at M.J. Edwards Whitehaven Chapel in Memphis. A graveside service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Forest Hills Cemetery in Memphis.

GEORGE LAFAYETTE KING JR.

George Lafayette King Jr., a laborer, died Tuesday of heart failure at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was 54. Mr. King was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He worked for Lykes Bros. Steamship Co. He was an Army veteran. Survivors include a son, Michael Lawson; a daughter, Alicia T. King; a brother, Robert King; and five grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Majestic Mortuary, 1833 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

RUBY L. LANG

Ruby L. Lang, a homemaker, died Sunday of heart failure at University Hospital. She was 63. Ms. Lang was born in McComb, Miss., and had lived in New Orleans for many years. Survivors include three sons, Willie, James and Jerry Harris; two daughters, Dianne and Jeannette Harris; a brother, Elie Lang; three sisters, Golden and Carrie Lang and Velma Lee; 23 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Estelle J. Wilson Mortuary, 2715 Danneel St. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

RONALD MARSALIS

Ronald Marsalis, an auto detailer for Crescent City Motors, died Monday of heart failure at Kenner Regional Medical Center. He was 41. Mr. Marsalis was born in New Orleans and lived in Kenner for the past 30 years. Survivors include four brothers, James and Roosevelt Marsalis, both of New Orleans, and Wilbert and Ronald Marsalis; and three sisters, Betty Marsalis Beasley, Veronica Marsalis Gaines and Dorlet Marsalis. A funeral will be held Saturday at noon at Richardson Funeral Home, 11112 Jefferson Highway, River Ridge. Burial will be in Fleming Cemetery in Independence.

THADDIEUS JAMES `JIM' McELVEEN

Thaddieus James ``Jim'' McElveen, a self-employed carpenter, died Wednesday of cancer at his home. He was 70. Mr. McElveen was born in Franklinton and had lived in Violet for many years. He was a member of the Old and Young Men Hunting Club. Survivors include his wife, Lucille Marpel McElveen; six sons, Terry, Thaddieus, Tommy, Troy and Tracy McElveen and Tommie Hawk; five daughters, Nina Esco of Camp Shelby, Miss., Lorraine Harris, Glenda Williams, Jane McElveen and Kimberly Anderson; a brother, Louis Nash Jr. of Detroit; two sisters, Dorothy Pouncey of Abita Springs and Marjorie Lee Smith; 40 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 3737 Bayou Road, Verret. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Verret Cemetery. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

STERLING J. `GORILLA' NELSON SR.

Sterling J. ``Gorilla'' Nelson Sr., a retired longshoreman, died Sunday of cancer at East Jefferson Medical Center. He was 51. Mr. Nelson was born in New Roads and had lived in New Orleans for the past 49 years. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He was an honorary civil sheriff's deputy and a former member of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, where he was the Ambassador in the 1987 parade. Survivors include his wife, Joan Marie Barnes-Nelson; two sons, Michael and Damon Nelson; three daughters, Tricia Joseph of Port Arthur, Texas, Michelle Nelson and Alicia Pepp; his mother, Verlonure Nelson; a brother, Cleveland Nelson Jr.; a sister, Madeline Bierra; and four grandchildren. A Mass will be said Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 2203 Second St. Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Garden of Memories. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

DWIGHT NIXON

Dwight Nixon, a printer, died Wednesday of a seizure at Charity Hospital. He was 43. Mr. Nixon was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was a graduate of L.E. Rabouin High School and Coastal Training Institute. He was a Navy veteran. Survivors include his father, Southern Nixon Jr. of Springfield, Va.; his mother, Willie Mae Jones; his stepfather, Sterling Jones; his stepmother, Ruthie Nixon of Springfield; three brothers, Dwayne Nixon of Springfield and Kevin and Gregory Nixon Sr.; two sisters, Debra N. Strane of Hayward, Calif., and Dionne Nixon of Sacramento, Calif.; and his grandmother, Mary Lou Riley. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Dorothy Lawless Mortuary, 3825 Washington Ave. Visitation will begin at 8:30 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

DIANA WASHINGTON OATIS

Diana Washington Oatis, a retired shipping clerk for W.B. Coleman Co., died Tuesday of cancer at her home. She was 48. Mrs. Oatis was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She graduated from Booker T. Washington High School and attended Southern University. She was a member of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church. Survivors include a son, Anthony H. Oatis; two daughters, Charnel E. and Sarah E. Oatis; two brothers, Larry Kimbrough and Henry Washington Jr.; and two sisters, Brenda Peters and Lillie Jones. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, 2515 Franklin Ave. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Gertrude Geddes Willis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

SEVERIN C. PICHON

Severin C. Pichon, a retired spray painter for Southern Shipbuilding, died Wednesday at Slidell Memorial Hospital. He was 75. Mr. Pichon was a lifelong resident of Slidell. He was a parishioner and usher at St. Genevieve Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife, Eva Mae Earl Pichon; five sons, Glenn, Robert, Warren, Tyrone and Alvin Pichon; three daughters, Anna Lewis, Venedia Prevost and Gisele Thomas; 29 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Genevieve Catholic Church, 58189 Louisiana 433, Slidell. Visitation will begin Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in Dubuisson Cemetery. Doyle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

DAISY L. PORTER

Daisy L. Porter, a retired homemaker, died Saturday of heart failure at Tulane University Medical Center. She was 85. Mrs. Porter was born in Woodville, Miss., and had lived in New Orleans for many years. She was a member and former choir member of Union Bethel A.M.E. Church. Survivors include a son, Chester Porter Sr., and two grandchildren. A wake will be held today at 8 p.m. at Union Bethel A.M.E. Church, 2321 Thalia St. Dismissal will be Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at the church, followed by a motorcade to Tyree Methodist Church in Woodville for a funeral at noon. Burial will be in the Woodville church's cemetery. Estelle J. Wilson Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

RODNEY CORDEL `FISHSTICK' ROBINSON

Rodney Cordel ``Fishstick'' Robinson, a former employee of C.J. Fenasci Inc., died Monday at Kenner Regional Medical Center of a gunshot wound. He was 22. Mr. Robinson was a lifelong resident of Kenner. He attended Alfred Bonnabel High School. Survivors include his companion, Tranice Felton; his mother, Janice Robinson-White; his father, Harry Howard Jr.; his stepfather, Noah White; his stepmother, Jackie Howard; five brothers, Harry and Reginald Robinson, Darrius and Demarcus McGee, and Chad Caples; two sisters, Rackel ``Kelly'' Robinson and Joslyn Caples; and his grandparents, Queen Robinson, Ellis Robinson, Jessie Howard and Harry Howard Sr. A funeral will be held today at 8 p.m. at Richardson Funeral Home, 11112 Jefferson Highway, River Ridge. Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. Dismissal will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

MARY MARGARET WILLE

Mary Margaret Wille, a homemaker, died Thursday of cancer at her home. She was 67. Mrs. Wille was born in New Orleans and had lived in St. Bernard Parish for the past 20 years. Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Vaughn and Bonnie Wilbur; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Ponchartrain Blvd. Visitation will be today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Burial will be in Metairie Cemetery.

DAVID WILLIAMS SR.

David Williams Sr., a retired truck driver for Burmaster and Son in Belle Chasse, died Tuesday of cancer at his home. He was 73. Mr. Williams was born in Rushville and lived in Gretna for the past 40 years. Survivors include four sons, Herbert, Clarence, Robert and David Williams Jr.; six daughters, Rose Mary, Stella and Doris Williams, Louella Sullen, Lucille Black and Elizabeth Mitchell; two sisters, Lucy Bently and Louella Thompson; 17 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A wake will be held today at 8 p.m. at Israelite Baptist Church, 144 Villary Road, Belle Chasse. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery. Murray Henderson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

EVELYN RUTH WILLIAMS

Evelyn Ruth Williams, a data processing supervisor for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Finance Center, died Sunday of complications from open-heart surgery at University Hospital. She was 52. Ms. Williams was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a founder of the Fun Lovers Twelve Social and Pleasure Club and a member of St. Peter's Baptist Church and the Krewe of Thebes. Survivors include a daughter, LaShandra Williams; her mother, Maude P. Williams; three sisters, Debra W. Jones of Stone Mountain, Ga., Miriam B. August and Eunice W. Fournette; and a grandchild. A wake and funeral will be held today at 8 p.m. at St. Peter's Baptist Church, 1731 New Orleans St. Dismissal will be Saturday at 9 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Holt Cemetery. Littlejohn's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

MONTEA WILSON

Montea Wilson died Monday at St. Tammany Parish Hospital after being struck by a truck in Covington. He was 3. He was a lifelong resident of Covington. Survivors include his mother, Ta'Niesha Wilson; his father, Miller Montea Crandle; a sister, Paige Wilson; his grandparents, Calvin and Sheila Wilson; and his great-grandmother, Clara Mae Montana. A funeral will be held today at 11 a.m. at First Missionary Baptist Church, 123 W. 28th Ave., Covington. Burial will be in Covington Cemetery. Doyle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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