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March 26, 1998

Elsie Mae Johnson Bates
Elsie Mae Johnson Bates, a retired home health nurse, died Friday at West Jefferson Medical Center. She was 77. Mrs. Bates was born in Cheneyville and lived in Avondale for the past 30 years. She was a member of the NAACP and the Board of Stewards and Women's Auxiliary at Marine Baptist Church. Survivors include three sons, John, Ernest and Everette G. Bates Sr.; a brother, Dave Johnson; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Marine Baptist Church, 3034 Andover St., Jefferson. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Old Liberty Cemetery in Liberty, Miss. Davis Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Frank Bayard Brandon Jr.
Frank Bayard Brandon Jr., a salesman for Trinity Publications, died Tuesday of liver disease at Tulane University Medical Center. He was 45. Mr. Brandon was born in Pittsburgh and lived in Mandeville for the past 2 1/2 years. Survivors include his wife, Cindy Brandon; a son, Matthew Brandon; a daughter, Emily Brandon; his mother, Martha Brandon; a brother, Boyd Brandon; and a sister, Sharon Sontheimer. A Mass will be said Friday at 5 p.m. at E.J. Fielding Funeral Home, 2260 W. 21st Ave., Covington. Visitation will begin at 3 p.m.

Fay Marie Sirey Bowen
Fay Marie Sirey Bowen, a homemaker, died Tuesday of pneumonia at Memorial Medical Center. She was 69. Mrs. Bowen was born in New Orleans and lived in Metairie for the past 38 years. She was a retired Catholic catechism teacher. She was a member of the Kenner American Legion Auxiliary at St. Ann Catholic School. Survivors include three sons, Bradley M., Randy J. and Mark E. Bowen Sr.; two daughters, Katie Bowen Le Cluyse and Tara Bowen Schiro; and six grandchildren. A Mass will be said today at noon at St. Ann Catholic Church, 3601 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie. Burial will be in St. Louis Cemetery No. 3. Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Luvinia Cannon
Luvinia Cannon, a homemaker, died Saturday of heart failure at Kenner Regional Medical Center. She was 64. Ms. Cannon was born in Monroe and had lived in New Orleans for many years. She was a deaconess of New Tree of Life Baptist Church and a member of the God Teach Us Your Way Prayer Band and Ambrose Hubbs Senior Citizen Center. Survivors include her companion, Junius Bingham; four sons, Joseph D. Cannon, Richard Joseph, Randolph Gray and Willie Granger Jr.; six daughters, Joyce Bellock, Estelle C. Henderson, Gayle M. Cannon, Georgianna James, Kathy Cooper and Thelma J. Allen; her mother, Rosena Thibodeaux; 20 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. A wake and funeral will be held Friday at 8 p.m. at New Tree of Life Baptist Church, 3140 Erato St. Dismissal will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Estelle J. Wilson Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Edna Mae Charles-Brown
Edna Mae Charles-Brown, a homemaker, died Monday of a heart attack at Kenner Regional Medical Center. She was 52. Mrs. Charles-Brown was born in Opelousas and lived in Kenner. She was a parishioner of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Survivors include her husband, Louis Brown; two adopted sons, Keenan and Felton Hurst Jr.; a daughter, Karen Annette Brown; two adopted daughters, Alea and Arielle Felton; two brothers, Ozema Charles of Anahuac, Texas, and Paul Charles of Opelousas; and four sisters, Mary Ann Charles, Pamela Savoy, Emelia Brown and Edmonia Davis, all of Opelousas. A Mass will be said Friday at 11 a.m. at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Opelousas. Visitation will be from 8 to 10 a.m. at Williams Funeral Home in Opelousas. Burial will be in Bellevue Memorial Cemetery in Opelousas.

Nathaniel Clark
Nathaniel Clark died Saturday of gunshot wounds in the 3400 block of South Claiborne Avenue. He was 19. Mr. Clark was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include a son, Lawauana Johnson; his parents, Nathalie and Dale Clark Sr.; four brothers, Chad, Sheldon, Terrence and Dale Clark Jr.; and his grandfather, Nathaniel Harris Jr. A funeral will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Majestic Mortuary, 1833 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. Visitation will begin Friday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Holt Cemetery.

Loretta Williams
Loretta Williams Gardner, a homemaker, died Tuesday at Touro Infirmary. She was 84. Mrs. Gardner was born in St. Francisville and lived in New Orleans for the past 65 years. Survivors include a daughter, Patricia A.G.G. Scott; seven grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Dorothy Lawless Mortuary, 3825 Washington Ave. Visitation will begin Friday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

Calvin L. Gros Sr.
Calvin L. Gros Sr., a retired electrical contractor, died Wednesday of a stroke at Meadowcrest Hospital. He was 73. Mr. Gros was born in Chackbay and lived in Gretna for more than 50 years. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Marrero Lions Club and American Legion Post 0401 of Baton Rouge. Survivors include two sons, Jonathan J. Sr. and Calvin L. Gros Jr.; three daughters, Shirleen Paris, Patricia Cooke and Romona Treadway; two brothers, Eroy and Joseph Gros; a sister, Lorraine Landry; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. A funeral will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Mothe Funeral Home, 2100 West Bank Expressway, Harvey. Visitation will be today from 6 to 10 p.m. Burial will be in Westlawn Memorial Park.

Milton ``Ronald'' Hayes
Milton ``Ronald'' Hayes, a heavy equipment operator for New Orleans Lakefront Airport, died Tuesday of undetermined causes at Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital. He was 60. Mr. Hayes was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include his wife, D'Wanna Green Hayes; three daughters, Lois-Ann Davis and Kim and Ava Hayes; two stepdaughters, Cassandra Brimmer and Tammie Edwards; his mother, Thelma Hayes; two brothers, Kenneth Hayes of Cleburne, Texas, and Duralph Hayes Jr.; and eight grandchildren. A funeral will be held Friday at 12:30 p.m. at Gertrude Geddes Willis Funeral Home, 2120 Jackson Ave. Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

Calvin Howard
Calvin Howard, a dishwasher at the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza, died Saturday of heart failure at St. Claude General Hospital. He was 43. Mr. Howard was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include a brother, Aiklen Howard; and four sisters, Beverly and Carolyn Howard, Cheryl Harvey and Terry Hooks. A memorial service will be held Saturday at noon at D.W. Rhodes-Good Citizens Funeral Home, 2612 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Visitation will begin Saturday at 9 a.m.

Kenneth Harper Johnson
Kenneth Harper Johnson, a former employee of the Tulane University computer store, died Saturday of respiratory failure at Ben Taub Hospital in Houston. He was 26. Mr. Johnson was born in Houston and lived in New Orleans for many years before returning to Houston. He graduated from Warren Easton Fundamental High School. He was a member of the Garden of Prayer Ministries in New Orleans and the House of Prayer Outreach Ministry in Houston. Survivors include his father, Henry L. Johnson; his mother, Mildred Brown; two brothers, Christopher and Henry Johnson Jr.; two sisters, Latunya Woods and Marquita Brown; and his grandparents, Florestine Harbor and Leonard Kelly. Services will be held today at 7 p.m. in North and Friday at Old Daughters Baptist Church in Wildsville. Burial will be in Old Daughters Cemetery. Gayden Mortuary in Jena is in charge of arrangements.

Lorraine A. Mumford Ketchens
Lorraine A. Mumford Ketchens, a former postal worker, died March 11 of complications from diabetes at her home. She was 61. Mrs. Ketchens was born in New Orleans and lived in Los Angeles for the past 40 years. She graduated from Walter L. Cohen High School and attended Los Angeles Trade and Technical College. Survivors include five sons, Derek Banks Sr. and Darryl, Dwayne, Damon and Dmitri Ketchens; a daughter, Johnna Ketchens Gammage; her mother, Celeste Mumford; three sisters, Joyce Mumford, Betty Martin and Linda Williams, all of New Orleans; two brothers, Donald and Clarence Mumford Jr., both of New Orleans; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. A funeral was held March 18 in Los Angeles. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, Calif. Spalding Mortuary in Los Angeles handled arrangements.

Johnnie Mae Mann
Johnnie Mae Mann, a homemaker, died Sunday at Charity Hospital of injuries suffered in a traffic accident. She was 73. Mrs. Mann was born in Gary, Ind., and had lived in New Orleans for many years. She was a member of Israel Baptist Church and its Deaconess Board No. 2, Gospel Chorus and Benevolent Society. Survivors include three sons, Terry, Steve and Woodrow Mann Jr.; a daughter, Linda Mann; a brother, Joseph S. Coleman Jr.; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Israel Baptist Church, 2826 Jackson Ave. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Estelle J. Wilson Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Shirley Evelyn McClain
Shirley Evelyn McClain, a custodian at McDonogh No. 39 School, died Saturday of cancer at University Hospital. She was 56. Mrs. McClain was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She attended G.W. Carver High School and Straight Business School. Survivors include her husband, Rodney McClain; her father, Lawrence Broussard Sr.; her mother, Vivian Millon Broussard; two brothers, Curtis and Victor Broussard; and four sisters, Lorraine Bowman, Violet and Helen Joseph, and Diana Graham. A funeral will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Gertrude Geddes Willis Funeral Home, 1610 Lapeyrouse St. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in St. Louis Cemetery No. 3.

Russell Leroy Miller
Russell Leroy Miller, a traveling evangelist, died Monday of asphyxiation at St. Charles Health Care Center. He was 53. Mr. Miller was born in Scarbro, W.Va., and lived in New Orleans for the past 27 years. He preached in California, West Virginia, Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, the Carolinas and New York. Survivors include two daughters, Beverly Clark Alexander and Gloria Clark Armand; two brothers, Frank Miller Jr. of West Virginia and Carl Miller of Columbus, Ohio; three sisters, Maria Ellis of Fresno, Calif., Maxine M. Wagnor of Gainesville, Fla., and Ann Scarbro of Scarbro; 15 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home, 4127 S. Claiborne Ave. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

Earl Hebert Peters
Earl Hebert Peters, a retired laborer, died Friday at Ochsner Foundation Hospital. He was 77. Mr. Peters was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was a Navy veteran. Survivors include a brother, Junius H. Peters Sr., and a sister, Evelyn P. Lynch. A funeral will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Gertrude Geddes Willis Funeral Home, 2120 Jackson Ave. Visitation will begin Friday at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Holt Cemetery.

Leona Powell
Leona Powell, a homemaker, died Sunday at University Hospital. She was 99. Mrs. Powell was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She formerly worked for Higgins Shipyard, Solari's Restaurant and Loew's State Theatre. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Knights of Peter Claver Court 123. Survivors include a son, Louis Kennon; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said Friday at noon at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, 3304 Metropolitan St. Visitation will begin Friday at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park. Dorothy Lawless Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Deborah Joe Prescod
Deborah Joe Prescod, manager of a Pizza Hut restaurant, died Sunday of a stroke in Fayetteville, N.C. She was 44. Mrs. Prescod was born in Hancock County, Miss., and lived in Bay St. Louis, Miss., and Columbus, Ga., before moving to Fayetteville. Survivors include a son, VanDean Prescod Jr.; a daughter, Nakeida Craig of Athens, Ga.; her parents, John and Doris Williams of Bay St. Louis; seven brothers, Ronald Lanaux of Freeport, N.Y., Preston Landor of Texas, Pedro Williams of Gulfport, Miss., Pierre Williams of San Francisco, Leslie Williams of New Orleans, Thyrone Williams of Delisle, Miss., and John Williams of Clarksville, Tenn.; and four sisters, Petronella Williams of Los Angeles, Petrina Curtis of Darmstadt, Germany, Sabrina Price of Fort Rucker, Ala., and Merinda Joy Davis of Swansea, Ill. A Mass will be said Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Rose de Lima Catholic Church in Bay St. Louis. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. J.T. Hall Funeral Home in Gulfport is in charge of arrangements.

Michael Ray Rhodes
Michael Ray Rhodes, assistant manager of the Musicland store at the Riverwalk, died Tuesday of complications from AIDS at Memorial Medical Center. He was 29. Mr. Rhodes was born in Washington, D.C., and lived in New Orleans for the past year. Survivors include his father, Raymond Alexander Hayden Sr.; his mother, Lorraine Rhodes Joyner; his stepfather, Frank Joyner; his stepmother, Linda Kennedy Hayden; three brothers, Michael Raymond Cavanaugh, Raymond Alexander Hayden Jr. and Seth Daniel Joyner; four sisters, Patricia Hammonds, Kathryn Leigh Joyner, Barbara Seward and Jennifer Lynn Sutherlin; and his grandparents, Dorothy Rhodes and Thomas Raymond Hayden. A memorial service will be held today at 2 p.m. at First Seventh-day Adventist Church, 4201 West Esplanade Ave., Metairie. United Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Wilson ``Vic'' Victorian Sr.
Wilson ``Vic'' Victorian Sr., a self-employed gardener and landscaper, died Friday of kidney failure at Tulane University Medical Center. He was 76. Mr. Victorian was born in New Roads and lived in New Orleans for the past 55 years. He was a retired chauffeur. He was a parishioner and usher at St. Matthias Catholic Church. He was a former member of the Knights of Peter Claver at St. Monica Catholic Church and a member of the Young Men's Society in New Roads. Survivors include his wife, Mildred Guerin Victorian; a son, Wilson Victorian Jr.; a daughter, Vera Victorian Sterling; three sisters, Mable and Cecelia Battley and Ida Poland, all of New Roads; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Matthias Catholic Church, 4230 S. Broad 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.

Michael D. Ward Sr.
Michael D. Ward Sr., a musician, songwriter and producer, died March 18 of undetermined causes at his home. He was 44. Mr. Ward was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He toured and recorded with Harry Connick Jr. and played with his own Reward Band. Survivors include his wife, Tamahine Antoinette Willenberg Ward; three sons, James Lewis and Michael Dale Ward Jr. and Christopher Michael White; a daughter, Aesha Nikia Ward; his father, Lawrence Ward Sr.; his mother, Naomi Wharton Cosey; his stepfather, William Cosey; three brothers, Bernard Johnson of Chicago and Derwin and Lawrence Ward Jr.; and seven sisters, Glenda Johnson of Chicago, Barbara Johnson, Deon Dillon, Brenda Hingle, Annette Singleton, Sadie Cox and Tamoni Ward. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. James Methodist Church of Louisiana, 1925 Ursulines Ave. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 10 p.m. at Gaskin-Tilly Mortuary, 1225 N. Rampart St., and Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

Aldonia Rixner Watson
Aldonia Rixner Watson, a homemaker, died March 17 at Memorial Medical Center. She was 83. Mrs. Watson was born in Mount Airy and lived in New Orleans for the past 59 years. She was an usher at St. Matthew Chapel Baptist Church. Survivors include a son, Claude Watson Jr.; a daughter, Verna Royal; four brothers, Godfrey, Haywood, Cornelius and Julius Rixner Jr.; a sister, Helen Burl of Mount Airy; 17 grandchildren; and 34 great-grandchildren. A wake and funeral will be held Friday at 8 p.m. at St. Matthew Chapel Baptist Church, 3021 First St. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Dismissal will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Dorothy Lawless Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

March 27, 1998

Chester V. Allen
Chester V. Allen, a retired machinist, died Monday at Chalmette Medical Center. He was 81. Mr. Allen was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include his wife, Melvina F. Allen; two sons, Keith V. and Don T. Allen; a sister, Leoma Sordeletta; 17 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. at Greater Progressive Baptist Church, 2300 Charbonnet St. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park. Cooper-Glapion Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Regina Alugas
Regina Alugas, a homemaker, died Wednesday of a heart attack at St. Charles General Hospital. She was 95. Mrs. Alugas was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a member of the Ladies Aid Society, Creole Fiesta of New Orleans and Harmony House Senior Citizens Center. Survivors include a son, Alex Alugas; a sister, Ada Ford; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. A wake will be held today at 8 p.m. at D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home, 1716 N. Claiborne Ave. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 1625 Annette St. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Molly Ann Austin
Molly Ann Austin, a secretary for Howard Pile Driving Co., died Wednesday at East Jefferson General Hospital of heart failure due to pulmonary hypertension. She was 26. Miss Austin was born in Metairie and lived in Kenner. She graduated from John Curtis Christian High School. Survivors include her parents, Howard C. and Aurelia ``Rena'' Wagner Austin; five brothers, John C., Paul C., Aaron M., Ashley W. and Howard C. Austin Jr.; five sisters, Sundie A. Willis, Virginia A. Wagner, Bonnie A. Burke, and Beth Sue and Vivien L. Austin; and her grandparents, Virginia Austin Snow and Marguerite Wagner. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at L.A. Muhleisen & Son Funeral Home, 2607 Williams Blvd., Kenner. Visitation will be today from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. Burial will be in Lake Lawn Park Cemetery.

Evelyn Mogilles Baudy
Evelyn Mogilles Baudy, a retired cook and caterer, died Saturday at Columbia Lakeland Medical Center. She was 79. Mrs. Baudy was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include a son, Adrian Baudy Jr.; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. A Mass will be said Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, 3304 Metropolitan St. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Gertrude Geddes Willis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Bernice Louise Mercadel Carroll
Bernice Louise Mercadel Carroll, a homemaker, died Monday of thyroid cancer at Touro Infirmary. She was 70. Mrs. Carroll was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a parishioner of St. James Major Catholic Church and a former parishioner of Epiphany Catholic Church. Survivors include four sons, Norbert Jr., Jerome Sr., Kenneth and Keith Carroll Sr.; a daughter, Cynthia Carroll; a brother, Anthony Mercadel; 16 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said Saturday at noon at St. James Major Catholic Church, 3736 Gentilly Blvd. Visitation will begin Saturday at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Boissiere-Labat Family Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Lloyd William ``Pig'' Conley
Lloyd William ``Pig'' Conley, a former employee of Arnaud's Restaurant and the French Market Restaurant and Bar, died March 19 of a gunshot wound. He was 18. Mr. Conley was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was a former student at Frederick Douglass High School and a New Orleans Job Corps center. Survivors include a daughter, Loydrall Marva Conley; his mother, Aretha D. Conley; his father, Lloyd W. Hunter; his stepfather, Edward Skinner; two brothers, Theron L. and Torey T. Conley; a sister, Tasia L. Conley; and his grandparents, Clotiel Conley and Otis and Elenora Hunter Hall. A funeral will be held today at 11 a.m. at D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home, 1716 N. Claiborne Ave. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Restlawn Park Mausoleum.

Louise K. Cooper
Louise K. Cooper, a retired homemaker, died Thursday at I.H.S. Nursing Home in Bradenton, Fla. She was 82. Mrs. Cooper was born in New Orleans and lived in Bradenton for the past three years. Survivors include a son, Michael D. Cooper Sr.; two daughters, Louise A. Rocca of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and June J. Hill of Houston; a brother, Earl Karl of Denham Springs; a sister, Althea O'Neal of Mandeville; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at L.A. Muhleisen & Son Funeral Home, 2929 Metairie Road, Metairie. Visitation will begin Saturday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

Douglas Cornish
Douglas Cornish, a restaurant cook, died Tuesday of heart failure at University Rehabilitation Hospital. He was 53. Mr. Cornish was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include his wife, Cleo Poree Seal Cornish; two stepsons, Alvin and John Seal Jr.; two stepdaughters, Sandra S. Bartholomew and Debra Seal; a brother, Charles Cornish; three sisters, Estelle Davis, Joyce Joshua and Sandra Malanez Austin; and four stepgrandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Boissiere-Labat Family Funeral Services, 1703 N. Claiborne Ave. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Fred Franklin
Fred Franklin, a retired truck driver and laborer for Morgan Ice Co. and Southern Scrap Material Co., died March 19 of a heart attack at Tulane University Medical Center. He was 84. Mr. Franklin was born in Zachary and lived in New Orleans for the past 70 years. He was a member of Evergreen Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Pamela Newton Franklin; a son, Frederick Franklin of Baton Rouge; three daughters, Fran F. Javers, Freddie Mae Hawkins and Cheryl Stewart; a stepdaughter, Tawina Magee; two brothers, Joseph Franklin of Baton Rouge and Hudson Franklin of Milwaukee; 13 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Evergreen Baptist Church, 3123 N. Tonti St. Visitation will begin Saturday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Dwight E. Guss
Dwight E. Guss, a student at the East New Orleans Educational Center, died March 20 in Houma of a gunshot wound. He was 20. Mr. Guss was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include three sons, Jeremy, Lindell and Dwight Guss Jr.; a daughter, Helen Guss; his father, Aaron Henderson; his mother, Carolyn Guss-Batiste; his stepfather, Samuel Batiste; a brother, Milton Guss; and his grandparents, Alex and Mary Alice Henderson. A funeral will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. at Charbonnet-Labat Funeral Home, 1615 St. Philip St. Burial will be in Holt Cemetery.

Vermell Page Hampton
Vermell Page Hampton, a homemaker, died Sunday of heart failure at University Hospital. She was 59. Ms. Hampton was born in Taylorsville, Miss., and lived in New Orleans for the past 45 years. Survivors include her husband, Edward Kaglear; a son, James W. Page; a daughter, Charlette Robertson; two brothers, Mixie and Herman Page; five sisters, Hazel Pleasant, Walene Louis, Leola Page-Griffith, Emma Lou Page and Sarah Brown; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Visitation will be today from 6 to 8 p.m. at Majestic Mortuary, 1833 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Ducksworth Chapel in Taylorsville. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery in Taylorsville.

Mary Louise Coburn Odenwald Henry
Mary Louise Coburn Odenwald Henry, a retired secretary, died Sunday of heart failure at her daughter's home in Kenner. She was 78. Mrs. Henry was born in Cardwell, Mo., and lived in Abita Springs for the past 20 years. Survivors include a son, August Joseph Odenwald; a daughter, Janice O. Filos; three brothers, James L., Leland C. and Carmen Coburn; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 11 a.m. at Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home, 3827 Canal St. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

Alice Marie Kelleher
Alice Marie Kelleher, founder and owner of the Louisiana Press Clipping Service, died Thursday at Memorial Medical Center. She was 81. Miss Kelleher was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was the former secretary of the art department of the New Orleans public schools. She was a former member of the Orleans Club. Survivors include a sister, Evelyn Kelleher Hardin. A Mass will be said today at 1 p.m. at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Visitation will begin at noon. Burial will be in Metairie Cemetery.

Manuel ``Rocky'' Lewis
Manuel ``Rocky'' Lewis, a barber, died March 16 of a gunshot wound in the 400 block of St. Andrew Street. He was 20. Mr. Lewis was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was a member of Second Mount Triumph Missionary Baptist Church. Survivors include his mother, Arthemise Lewis Matthew; his father, Manuel Bourgeois; two sisters, Kishyne S. Lee and Latonya Gordon; three stepbrothers, Harold and Eduardo Matthew and John Powell; a stepsister, Monique Powell; his grandparents, Faradene Green and Emelda Lewis Frank; and his great-grandmother, Lena Green. A funeral will be held today at 8 p.m. at Second Mount Triumph Missionary Baptist Church, 3508 Washington Ave. Dismissal will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at the church, followed by a jazz processional. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Richardson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Gussie Mahoney
Gussie Mahoney, a retired site manager for the Council on Aging, died March 18 of a heart attack at Metropolitan Hospice. She was 74. Mrs. Mahoney was born in New Orleans and lived in Gretna most of her life. She was a member of Thompson Temple Church of God in Christ and its Mothers Board, Young Women's Christian Council, Inspirational Singers and Sunday school. Survivors include five daughters, Gussie Williams of Picayune, Miss., Joycelyn Cryer, Madelyn Gray, Sherry Lee Johnson and Shirley Edwards; 15 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. A wake and funeral will be held today at 8 p.m. at Thompson Temple Church of God in Christ, 1515 Whitney Ave., Gretna. Dismissal will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Algiers. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Dr. John Ernest Mathes Jr.
Dr. John Ernest Mathes Jr., a retired dentist, died Thursday at his home. He was 88. Dr. Mathes was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was a graduate of Rugby Academy, Soule Business College and Loyola University School of Dentistry. He practiced dentistry on Carrollton Avenue for 45 years. He was a member of the New Orleans and American dental associations, the C. Edmond Kells Honorary Dental Society and Psi Omega Dental Fraternity. He was a member of Berean Bible Church and a former member and elder of Carrollton Avenue Presbyterian Church. Survivors include his wife, Norma Deutsch Mathes; three sons, Stephen J., Peter D. and Paul H. Mathes; and three grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Visitation will begin at noon. Burial will be in Metairie Cemetery.

Kent Allen Matulich Sr.
Kent Allen Matulich Sr., a retired educator and chemical engineer, died Thursday at West Jefferson Medical Center of complications from heart surgery. He was 65. Mr. Matulich was born in Birmingham, Ala., and lived in Harvey for the past 57 years. He received a bachelor's degree, a master's degree in education and a master's degree plus 30 hours in education from Louisiana State University. He was a former assistant director of the Jefferson Parish Vocational-Technical School, a project engineer at the Waterford Nuclear Plant and a senior engineer supervisor for Wyle Laboratories. He retired from Delgado Community College. He was a former master sergeant in the Marine Corps and a member of John McDonogh Post 3121 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Retired Teachers Association. Survivors include his wife, Lelia Blanchard Matulich; a son, Kent Allen Matulich Jr.; two daughters, Kerry Tommeraas and Katie Adams; a sister, Betty Gonia; and six grandchildren. A Mass will be said Saturday at 9 a.m. at Mothe Funeral Home, 2100 West Bank Expressway, Harvey. Burial will be in Westlawn South Cemetery on Belle Chasse Highway.

Maude C. Matulich
Maude C. Matulich, a homemaker, died Wednesday at Slidell Memorial Hospital. She was 84. Mrs. Matulich was born in Goss, Miss., and lived in Slidell for the past 32 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Slidell. Survivors include three daughters, Lynda M. Bosco of Lacombe, Patricia Scheinuk of Metairie and Dorothy M. Alford; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 10 a.m. at Honaker Funeral Home, 1751 Gause Blvd. West, Slidell. Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Columbia, Miss.

George Parker Jr.
George Parker Jr., a retired U.S. Postal Service employee, died Sunday of a stroke at West Jefferson Medical Center. He was 68. Mr. Parker was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was an Army veteran. Survivors include his wife, Gertrude Parker; two daughters, Vanessa Parker Ornolie of San Leandro, Calif., and Clarissa Parker; five stepdaughters, Rose Robinson and Patricia Molizone of Harvey, Leander Molizone of Austin, Texas, and Valerie Vaughn and Valencia Hardy, both of Houston; 13 stepgrandchildren; and four stepgreat-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at Majestic Mortuary, 1833 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. Visitation will begin Saturday at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Holt Cemetery.

Thomas Phillips
Thomas Phillips, a retired porter for the Illinois Central Railroad, died Monday at St. Charles Manor Nursing Center in Luling. He was 90. Mr. Phillips was born in Vacherie and lived in New Orleans for 10 years and in Luling for the past six years. Survivors include a son, C.J. Phillips; a daughter, Lyletha Parker; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A Mass was said Thursday at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Vacherie. Burial was in the church cemetery. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Edith Marie Price
Edith Marie Price, a homemaker, died Saturday at Charity Hospital of injuries suffered in a traffic accident. She was 48. Mrs. Price was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Peter Claver. Survivors include her husband, Oliver Price Jr.; three daughters, Lisa, Zelice and Tori Price; her mother, Leona Augillard; two brothers, Jerry and George Augillard Jr.; two sisters, Catherine Lee and Shelia Jenkins; and a grandchild. A Mass will be said Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Church, 3501 N. Miro St. Visitation will begin Saturday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Virginia Jane Francois-Quillen
Virginia Jane Francois-Quillen, a homemaker, died March 20 of a heart attack at Tulane University Medical Center. She was 75. Mrs. Francois-Quillen was born in Glenn and lived in New Orleans for the past 70 years. She graduated from McDonogh No. 35 High School. Survivors include her husband, Peter Louis Quillen; four daughters, Greer Hall-Thompson, Linda Quillen-Allen, Wanda Quillen-Hayes and Vanessa Quillen-Williams; two brothers, Ernest and Ferdinand Francois; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Philips Memorial Methodist Church, 3236 Burdette St. Visitation will begin Saturday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Terrell Simmons
Terrell Simmons died March 20 at Charity Hospital of a gunshot wound. He was 21. Mr. Simmons was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include three daughters, Laronda, Ronnella and Ternlyn Simmons; his mother, Janice Simmons; his father, Ronald Write; and six brothers, Ronald, Derrick, Kendrick, Kentrell, Joseph and Kendall Simmons. A funeral will be held Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home, 1716 N. Claiborne Ave. Visitation will begin Saturday at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

Plunk Singleton Jr.
Plunk Singleton Jr., a custodian for the New Orleans public school system, died March 20 of leukemia at Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was 45. Mr. Singleton was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He attended Alfred Lawless High School. He was a Marine Corps Reserve and Army Reserve veteran. Survivors include a son, Mark Singleton; three daughters, Theresa Singleton-Sims and Kenyetta and Natasha Singleton; his father, Plunk Singleton Sr.; his mother, Edna Shelby; two brothers, Melvin Walker and Kenneth Singleton; a sister, Irma Lee; and five grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at Cooper-Glapion Funeral Home, 2201 Caffin Ave. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

Stella Louise Bell Teague
Stella Louise Bell Teague, an employee of the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, died Monday of a heart attack at Charity Hospital. She was 49. Ms. Teague was born in Virginia Beach, Va., and lived in Rock Island, Ill., most of her life before moving to Norfolk, Va., in 1986 and New Orleans in 1996. She was a member of Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church. Survivors include a son, Garry Teague Jr. of Muscatine, Iowa; a daughter, Sesame Teague-Haywood; a brother, Purcell Bell of Rock Island; three sisters, Catherine W. Eure, Elsie W. Hancock and Delores W. Baker, all of Virginia Beach; and a grandchild. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Bernard Community Baptist Church, 3938 St. Bernard Ave. Visitation will begin Saturday at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park. Calvin J. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mary McCoy Thompson
Mary McCoy Thompson, a retired home-health sitter, died Monday at Memorial Medical Center. She was 76. Mrs. Thompson was born in Baton Rouge and lived in New Orleans for the past 60 years. Survivors include two grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at noon at Dorothy Lawless Mortuary, 3825 Washington Ave. Visitation will begin Saturday at 10 a.m. Burial will be private.

Michael D. Ward Sr.
Michael D. Ward Sr., a musician, songwriter and producer, died March 18 of undetermined causes at his home. He was 44. Mr. Ward was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He toured and recorded with Harry Connick Jr. and played with his own Reward Band. Survivors include his wife, Tamahine Antoinette Willenberg Ward; three sons, James Lewis and Michael Dale Ward Jr. and Christopher Michael White; a daughter, Aesha Nikia Ward; his father, Lawrence Ward Sr.; his mother, Naomi Wharton Cosey; his stepfather, William Cosey; five brothers, Bernard Johnson of Chicago, Derwin and Lawrence Ward Jr., and Richard and Charles Joseph Jr.; and nine sisters, Glenda Johnson of Chicago, Barbara Johnson, Deon Dillon, Brenda Hingle, Annette Singleton, Sadie Cox, Tamoni Ward, Vada Jeanpierre and Anna Lee Joseph. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. James Methodist Church of Louisiana, 1925 Ursulines Ave. Visitation will be today from 5 to 10 p.m. at Gaskin-Tilly Mortuary, 1225 N. Rampart St., and Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

Goldie Lillie ``Tango'' Webster
Goldie Lillie ``Tango'' Webster, a homemaker, died March 20 at Vencor Hospital. She was 76. Ms. Webster was born in Liberty, Miss., and lived in New Orleans for the past 53 years. She was a member of New Home Missionary Full Gospel Church and its choir. Survivors include a foster daughter, Patricia Fox; two sisters, Jerry Davis and Dorothy Rhodes; and a foster sister, Gloria H. Calway. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at New Home Missionary Full Gospel Church, 1605 Carondelet St. Visitation will be today from 6 to 8 p.m. at D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home, 1716 N. Claiborne Ave. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

Arthur Davis White
Arthur Davis White, a retired employee of the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board, died Monday of undetermined causes at his home. He was 56. Mr. White was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include six sons, Lloyd, Michael, Charles, Otis, Bryant and Lance White; three daughters, Vanessa, Debra and Annette White; his mother, Ceola Williams Perkins; his stepfather, George Perkins Sr.; four brothers, Adolph, Albert, Allen Anthony and George Perkins Jr.; six sisters, Gertrude P. Taylor, Elenora P. Landry, Sherlene P. Robinson and Audrey, Lorraine P. and Everdia Jean Perkins; five stepbrothers; three stepsisters; his grandfather, Adolph Williams; and 52 grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, 2428 Flood St. Visitation will begin Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Burial will be in Restlawn Park Mausoleum. Gaskin-Tilly Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.


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