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Ruby Jewel Franks
Funeral services for Mrs. Ruby Jewel Franks, 40, will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999, at Valley Peace with the Rev. Harris officiating. Burial will be in Sheppard St. Cemetery in Minden under the direction of Miller-Pioneer Funeral Home. She died Friday, Sept. 24, at Overton Brooks Medical Center.
Survivors include her parents, Olden and Lovera Jackson; one daughter, Roshell Denise Franks; one brother, Benny James Crow, all of Cotton Valley; and maternal grandmother, Annie L. Crow of Minden.
Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1 in the Miller Chapel.

Marjorie Lites Carson
Funeral services for Marjorie Lites Carson, 87, of Minden, will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 1, 1999, at Rose-Neath Minden Chapel with the Rev. Bill Ichter officiating and special music by Freddy Franks. Burial will be in Gardens of Memory in Minden. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 30.
Mrs. Carson died peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1999. Nana, as she was lovingly known by grandchildren and great-grandchildren, was born in Minden on April 4, 1912, and had been a resident of Minden all of her life. In 1923, she was baptized as a believer at First Baptist Church, Minden, where her membership has been for 76 years. For many years, she served as manager of Webb Hardware Gift Shop, and for over 20, she owned and operated Margie’s Gifts of Distinction. Known for her many artistic abilities, she especially loved china painting and floral design. Watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow up had always fulfilled the desires of her heart and she took great pride in their varied abilities.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Reuben Emory and Maggie Thompson Lites; her husband, James Marshall Carson; her daughter, Patsy Carson Lyle; son-in-law, Shelly Clayton Ritchie; and a brother, Hartford Harroll Lites.
She is survived by her daughter, Louise Carson Ritchie of Minden; son-in-law, Leonard Lyle of Dallas, Texas; sister, Marie Lites Crockett of Minden; grandchildren, Cindy and Tommy Walker, Jim and Lynn Ritchie, all of Minden, Jerry and Lacy Ritchie of Mansfield, Texas, Debbie and Ike James of Houston, Texas, Tina and Jim Mitchell and Jenny Hobby, all of Dallas, Texas; 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be grandsons-in-law, Tommy Walker, Jim Mitchell and Ike James; great-grandsons, Chris and Craig Walker, Clint Ritchie, Lyle and Griffin James.
The family has requested that memorial gifts be given to First Baptist Church, Minden, or to Minden Presbyterian Church.

Bobby Jack Disotell
Funeral services for Mr. Bobby Jack Disotell, 49, will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 1, 1999, at Rose-Neath Minden Chapel. The Rev. Morris Robe will be officiating. Burial will be in Westlake Cemetery in Doyline. He died Wednesday, Sept. 29, in Shreveport.
Mr. Disotell was born in Shreveport and was a resident of Doyline. He was a service station attendant.
Survivors include two sisters, Ann Cummings of Waskom, Texas, and Betty Edwards of Springhill; five brothers, Donald Disotell of Athens, James Disotell of Doyline, Leon Disotell of Springhill, Gerald Disotell of Ringgold, and John D. Disotell of Haughton; and several nieces and nephews.

Willie Timmons
Funeral services for Mr. Willie Timmons will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999, at Patterson’s Funeral Home Chapel in Minden. Interment will be in Hopewell B.C. Cemetery in Dubberly.
Family hour will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1.

Ethel S. Harris
Funeral services for Mrs. Ethel S. Harris, 77, of Plain Dealing, were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999, at Plain Dealing Church of Christ with Bruce Ligon officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home in Plain Dealing. She died at 2:16 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 23 in the Grace Home in Shreveport.
Visitation was in the funeral home from 8 a.m. until 12 noon, Saturday, Sept. 25, then in the Plain Dealing Church of Christ from 1 p.m. until services.
Mrs. Harris was a native and lifelong resident of Plain Dealing. She was a homemaker and a member of Plain Dealing Church of Christ. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother as well as mother-in-law.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William A. (Kate Gleason) Spears and her husband, Herbert B. Harris.
Survivors include three sons, Ronnie Harris and wife Cora Mae of Stamps, Ark., Terry Harris and wife Sheila of Taylor, Ark., and Ricky Harris and wife Wanda of Benton; two daughters, Reba Jo Ezell and husband Ricky of Jacksonville, Ark., and Janice Impson of Plain Dealing; two brothers, Elmer Spears and wife Zella of Plain Dealing and Alton Spears; three sisters, Rena Mae Doerr, Jessie Denmon and Bettie Coile, all of Plain Dealing; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Memorials or contributions may be made to Plain Dealing Church of Christ or the Grace Home.

Jessie Delora Vise Baugh
Graveside services for Mrs. Jessie Delora Vise Baugh, 85, were held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 24, 1999, in Arlington Cemetery in Homer under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Homer. The Rev. Rusty Gilbert officiated. She died Tuesday, Sept. 21 in Dallas, Texas.
Mrs. Baugh was born in Bryceland and resided in Dallas. She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, G.C. Baugh; one sister, Lealae Vise Warren; and two brothers, Harvard Vise and William Pirkle “Buddy” Vise.
Survivors include one son, Wayne Campbell Baugh and wife Lee Gene of Burnsville, Minn.; one daughter, Dorothy McGuire and husband Sterling of Dallas, Texas; two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Johnnye Vise of Homer and Mrs. Nancy Newman of Port Arthur, Texas; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Marie H. Ayres
Funeral services for Mrs. Marie H. Ayres, 77, were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 23, 1999, at First United Pentecostal Church with the Rev. T.W. Barnes officiating. Burial was in Old Ramah Cemetery in Castor under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Services in Minden. She died Thursday, Sept. 23 in Minden.
Mrs. Ayres was born in Castor and resided in Minden. She was a retired seamstress with Sears and Roebuck.
Visitation began at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 25.
Survivors include one brother, Gerald B. Holley of Vivian; two grandchildren, Dennis Bearden and Kristi Peppers; five great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

Eligha West
Funeral services for Mr. Eligha West, 77, were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999, at the 14th District Building with the Rev. Samuel Bradley officiating. Burial was in Shepherd Cemetery. He died Tuesday, Sept. 21.
Mr. West was born in Webster Parish. He was a member of Pilgrim Rest U.M.C.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Judge Leonard and Roshell West; two sisters, Zodell West and Leonie Morris; three brothers, James, Leonard and John West; and one son, Vergie Lee West. 
Survivors include his wife, Carrethia West; three daughters, Maxine West of Los Angeles, Calif., Ernestine Bradley of Bossier City and Brenda Heard of Minden; one son, Ronald Charles West; one loving son-in-law, Lou Wallace Heard; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three sisters; and one brother.

Martha Lynn Lofton
Mrs. Martha Lynn Lofton, 67, died Sept. 20, 1999, in Uganda, East Africa. She was born Sept. 18, 1932, in Yellow Pine to L.L. and Kate Hutchins Fuller. She was a resident of Crosby, Texas, and Maska, Uganda, East Africa. She attended and worked as a secretary at the Tabernacle Church for several years. She was the mother of the church. She was an ordained minister and did missionary work in East Africa.
Mrs. Lofton is survived by her husband, Charles R. Lofton; one daughter, Carol Lofton Lee and husband Bill of Crosby, Texas; one son, Charles Richard Lofton of Hammond; two grandsons, Scotty Lofton and Nicholas Lee; one granddaughter, Schtair Lofton; and four great-grandchildren, Tyler Lofton, Scotty Lofton Jr., D’anna Lofton and T-Anna Lofton.
The family received friends from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 26 at Sterling White Chapel in Highlands, Texas. 
Services were held at 10 a.m., today, Sept. 27, 1999 in the Sterling White Chapel. The Rev. Delbert Herrin and the Rev. Kevin Herrin officiated. Burial followed by White Cemetery in Highlands, Texas, under the direction of Sterling White Chapel.

Mattie Norton Manning
Mrs. Mattie Norton Manning died Thursday, Sept. 23, 1999, at her home in Minden.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., today, Sept. 27, at Mt. Zion C.M.E. Church in Minden.
The family observed a quiet hour in the chapel of Memorial Funeral Home in Homer from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday.
She was preceded in death by one daughter, Scentral Louise Moore.
Mrs. Manning is survived by three daughters, Cora Farley and husband Abron of Los Angeles, Calif., Mattie Richardson and husband Leon of Desoto, Texas, and Shirley Manning of Minden; four sons, Virgie Manning Jr. and wife Dorothy, Cardell Manning and wife Shirley, Melvin Manning Sr. and wife Juanita, all of Los Angeles, Calif., and Herman Manning and wife Nona of Richardson, Texas; one brother, Jessie Norton of Homer; one sister, Ada Mae Dillard of Los Angeles, Calif.; one aunt, Lillian Turner of Atlanta, Ga.; two faithful sisters-in-law who nurtured and supported her until her departure, Ruthie Rhodes and Bertha Norton; 19 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

James Lynwood Maddry
Funeral services for James Lynwood Maddry, 64, were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999, at First Baptist Church in Homer with Dr. James Simeon officiating. Burial was in Tulip Cemetery near Athens.
Mr. Maddry, a resident of Homer, died Thursday, Sept. 23 in Homer. He was a retired foreman with Ludlow Corp. after 40 years of service. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Homer.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rual Prescott Maddry and Lila Bell Carter Maddry; and one sister, O’Neal Henry.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Gloria Maddry of Homer; one son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Sandra Maddry of Dubach; one daughter, Kim Smith of Homer; two sisters, Peggy King of Minden and Gayle Dumas of Rockwood, Texas; five grandchildren, Brandy, Danny and Lucy Maddry, Jason and Nicole Smith; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were John Cole, Roy Reynolds, Ronnie Perry, Jimmy Keene, Tommy Nelson, Speed Hollan, Joe Freeman and Freddie Spigner.
Honorary pallbearers were his shift from Ludlow.

Elizabeth T. Bass
Funeral services for Mrs. Elizabeth T. Bass, 91, will be held at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999, at First Baptist Church of Doyline. Officiating will be the Rev. Johnny Adkins, the Rev. Steve Kelly and Mrs. Bass’s grandsons. Burial will be in Doyline Cemetery under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. She died Sunday, Sept. 19, in Shreveport.
Mrs. Bass was born in Ringgold and resided in Shreveport. She was a homemaker.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Carl Sylvester Bass; and one son, Kenneth Carl Bass.
Survivors include daughter-in-law, Dorothy M. Bass of Oklahoma City, Okla.; one son, Bobby R. Bass Sr. and wife Betty Ann; one daughter, Sharon Miller and husband Jimmy, all of Shreveport; seven grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be adult great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be today, Sept. 21, from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.

Beth Kinnebrew Tatum
Beth Kinnebrew Tatum, a Homer civic leader and a member of Claiborne Parish pioneer families, died in Shreveport on Sept. 19, 1999, after a lengthy illness. Born Sept. 5, 1910, to Guy and Blanche Collier Kinnebrew, she was a lifelong resident of Homer. After graduation from Homer High School and Gulf Park College in Long Beach, Miss., she attended Southern Methodist University, where she received a degree in journalism. Mrs. Tatum was a member of Pi Beta Phi fraternity at SMU.
First pursuing newspaper journalism, she soon became the Claiborne Parish welfare coordinator administering one of President Roosevelt’s earliest depression programs.
In June 1934, she married Dr. Sherard Austin Tatum, a distinguished surgeon.
Mrs. Tatum was a member of the Claiborne Parish Library Board for 50 years, serving as president for many years. She also served as president of the Women’s Department Club. A lifelong member of First United Methodist Church of Homer, she was president of the missionary society, taught the Crusaders Sunday School class and served on the administrator board. She was recognized as a honorary member of the Homer Memorial Hospital Board for her outstanding contributions to the hospital.
In addition, she was a member of the Shreveport Club and served as area representative for the Holiday in Dixie Cotillion Duchess Club.
An avid reader with a great sense of humor, Mrs. Tatum was often called on by many groups to give book reviews. Devoted to her four children and later to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as the other young people of the community, she entertained them by making holidays extraordinarily special occasions.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, who died in 1973; and her close friend-cousin, Avalyn LeSage. She is survived by two daughters, Susan Tatum Hays, and her husband, James K. Hays, of Homer and Sally Tatum Andress and husband, Thad Andress, of Minden; two sons, Sherard Austin Tatum Jr. and wife, Peggy Tatum, of Loudon, Tenn., and Richard M. Tatum and wife, Janice Tatum, of Minden; one brother, Dr. Collier A. Kinnebrew and wife, Dottie Kinnebrew, of Shreveport; 10 grandchildren, David Hays of West Monroe, Kimbell Hays of St. Joseph, Clayton Hays of Natchitoches, Richard Tatum of Nashville, Tenn., Joseph Tatum of Oxford, Miss., Dr. Sherard Austin Tatum III of Cazenovia, N.Y., Weston Andress and Elizabeth Andress Steedman of Charlotte, N.C., Laura Andress Beaver of Rocky Mount, N.C., Collier Andress Smith of Murfreesboro, Tenn., six great-grandchildren; and special cousins, Lillian Meadors, Beverly Kinnebrew, Jesse Ross, Jean Kinnebrew and Lou Judges.
The family wishes to express its love and gratitude to her beloved niece and nephews, Ann Kinnebrew Mook, Dr. Tommy Mook, Guy Kinnebrew and Dr. Philip Kinnebrew for the care and special attention they gave to Beth. Their appreciation also goes to the Glen Retirement Village, where she was a resident, and to her long-time caregivers, Janice Efferson and Dorothy Himes.
A visitation was held at the Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Homer from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., Monday, Sept. 20. Services will be held at 3 p.m., today, Sept. 21, at First United Methodist Church of Homer. Burial will be in Arlington Cemetery in Homer. Officiating will be the Rev. David Dienzel of Homer United Methodist Church. Pallbearers will be Mrs. Tatum’s grandsons.
Memorials may be sent to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 357, Homer, LA 71040 or the Claiborne Parish Library, 901 Edgewood Drive, Homer, LA 71040.

Elcie E. Holder
Funeral services for Mr. Elcie E. Holder, 75 of Homer, will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Minden with the Rev. Malcolm Self officiating. Burial will be in Cotton Valley Cemetery. He died Wednesday, Oct. 27 in Homer.
Mr. Holder was born in Jamestown. He was retired from the Civil Service.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Sam B. and Gay Shackelford Holder. 
Survivors include his wife, Erma Jean Holder; one son, Jimmy D. Holder and wife Johnnie Fay all of Homer; one daughter, Linda Ann Crow and husband John of Monroe; four sisters, Oleta James of Minden, Dewana Hanson, Opal Cole both of Cotton Valley, and Shirley Ann Murray of Leesville; two brothers, S.J. Holder of Cotton Valley and Tommy Lee Holder of Leesville; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation was from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 28, and will, again, be from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., today, Oct. 29.

Grady C. Keener
Services for Grady C. Keener, 61, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999, at Mt. Dillard C.M.E., Homer with the Rev. Wayne Williams officiating. Burial will be in the Mooreland Cemetery, Homer, under the direction of Miller-Pioneer Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29 at Miller Chapel.
Mr. Keener died Sunday, Oct. 24 at Minden Medical Center.
He is survived by his mother, Bethany Keener of Minden; wife, Annie Keener of Minden; son, Calvin Carr of Minden; five brothers, Willie Mose Keener, Lonnie Keener, Freddie J. Keener, Clinton W. Keener and Rodney Keener, all of Minden; two sisters, Mary Jewel Hartman of Pasadena, Calif., and Ruby Austin of Minden; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Margaret Pittman Odom
Funeral services for Mrs. Margaret Pittman Odom, 73 of Minden, will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Minden with the Rev. Wayne Howington of Lakeview United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Colquitt Cemetery in Haynesville. She died Wednesday, Oct. 27 in Shreveport.
Mrs. Odom was born in Wilson, N.C. She was a retired office manager of O.J.'s Supermarket.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe M. Odom Sr.; parents, Sylvester and Emma Langley Pittman; and one brother, Donnie Pittman.
Survivors include one son, Joe M. Odom Jr. and wife Renee' of Minden; one daughter, Debra O. Baird and husband David of Monroe; two sisters, Frances Turner of Fayetteville, N.C. and Kathryn Barnes of Roanoke Rapids, N.C.; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Visitation began at 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 28 and will, again, be from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., today, Oct. 29.
Pallbearers will be O.J. Hall, Alton Kiser, Ralph Smith, Billy Trickett, Gary Trickett, and Troy Odom Jr.

J.R. Weaver
Graveside services for Mr. J.R. Weaver, 88 of Minden, will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999 in Gardens of Memory Cemetery under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home of Minden. Officiating will be the Rev. Bill L. Fuller. He died Wednesday, Oct. 27 in Minden.
Mr. Weaver was born in Natchitoches. He was a retired maintenance man with Webster Parish School Board.
Survivors include one son, Harold Weaver of Minden; two daughters, Melba Love also of Minden, and Dorothy Fuller of Blytheville, Ark.; one sister, Tommie Wheeler of Calif.; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Henry Lee Morgan
Funeral services for Mr. Henry Lee Morgan, 94 of Minden, were held at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Roy Strother officiated. Burial was in Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Minden. He died Thursday, Oct. 28 in Minden.
Mr. Morgan was born in Webster Parish. He was a carpenter.
Survivors include one son, Bobby Morgan and wife June of Ruston; one daughter, Virginia Dale Bass and husband Don of Minden; two sisters, Georgia Turner and Shirley Wimberly both of Minden; one brother, Calvin Morgan also of Minden; one grandson, Dan James Morgan and wife Cynthia of Downsville; two great-grandchildren, Jennifer Morgan and Amy Michelle Morgan; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Visitation was Saturday, Oct. 30 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home.

Effie R. Darsey
Funeral services for Effie R. Darsey, 95, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 1, 1999 at Arcadia First Baptist Church with the Rev. Jeff Hoffman officiating. Burial will be in the Natchez City Cemetery, Natchez, Miss.
Mrs. Darsey was born in Natchez, Miss., and was a resident of Arcadia. She died Saturday, Oct. 30 at Lincoln General Hospital in Ruston. She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, J.W. Darsey; daughter-in-law, Mrs. Frank Darsey.
She is survived by her sons, Frank E. Darsey of Shreveport, and Marvin B. Darsey and his wife Dolly of Natchez, Miss.; daughters, Betty J. Darsey of Arcadia, Sue D. Hayes and her husband Cecil of Bossier City, Judy D. Futch of Arcadia; special family friend, R.A. Byars; three grandsons, one granddaughter, one great-grandson, two great-granddaughters, and several nieces and nephews.
Honorary pallbearers will be Arcadia First Baptist Church Deacons.
Memorials may be made to Arcadia First Baptist Church or donor's choice.

John B. Edwards
Graveside services for John B. Edwards, 69, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999 at Arcadia Cemetery with the Rev. Harlan Smith officiating.
Mr. Edwards was born in Farimont, W.Va., and was a former resident of Fayetteville, N.C. He was a current resident of Arcadia. He died Saturday, Oct. 30 at his residence.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia Vernon Edwards of Arcadia; sons, John Button Edwards II and his wife Kendra of Virginia Beach, Va., Jon Michael Corr and his wife Mary of Tempe, Ariz.; daughters, Gwyn Burkhalter and her husband Paul of Bird-In-Hand, Pa., Michelle Justice and her husband Gary of Colorado Springs, Colo.; step-sons, John Anthony Wolfe of Arcadia, Joseph Vernon Wolfe of Yorktown, Va.; sister, George Ann Kenner of Sikesville, Md.; brothers, Carl Edwards of Fairmont, W.Va., James Edwards of Parkersburg, W.Va.; and numerous grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Kenneth K. Elgar
Mr. Kenneth K. Elgar, a native and long time resident of Webster Parish, died in Shreveport, Friday, Oct. 29,1999, after a brief illness.
Mr. King is a 1965 graduate of Minden High School and attended classes at the University of Maryland. He served 11 years in the United States Army and was a decorated veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, receiving two bronze stars and numerous other awards, he was a member of the Nazarene Church.
Family visitation was held Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999 from 4p.m. to 10 p.m. Services will be held at 2 p.m., today, Nov. 1, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Interment will be in Garden of Memories, Minden, with the Rev. H.L. Kendrick of Bossier first Church of the Nazarene and the Rev. Wayne Hicks of Natchitoches, officiating.
He was preceded in death by his father Elgar E. King and a nephew, Darren Phipps.
Mr. King is survived by his wife of 20 years, Jamie of Heflin; three daughters, Monica Anderson and husband Bryan of Shreveport, Jeanie Roffers and husband Travis of Niangia, Miss., and Marsha Shelburn and husband Bradley of Strafford, Miss.; four stepchildren, Ronald "Bubba" Deaton of Baton Rouge, Dana Deaton of Milton, Florida, Scott Deaton of Doyline and Jamie Deaton of Baton Rouge; and mother, Doris L. King of Minden.
Pallbearers are Ronald Deaton Jr., James Deaton, Scott Deaton, Ronnie Merritt, James Mercer and Carl Mixon. Honorary pallbearers are M.O. Madden, Byrl Hick and Barry Phipps.

Donnie Z. Odom
Funeral services for Donnie Z. Odom will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999 at the Patterson's Chapter, 619 Lee St., Minden. The remains will lie in state at 12 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1. Interment will be in Sheppard Cemetery. Family hour will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1.

Lynn B. Roberson
Funeral services for Mr. Lynn B. Roberson, 96 of Arcadia, will be held at 2 p.m., today, Nov. 2, 1999 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Arcadia. Officiating will be the Rev. Jeff Hoffman. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. He died Sunday, Oct. 31 at Lincoln General Hospital in Ruston.
Mr. Roberson was born in Arcadia. He was a service station owner.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Cascille Calcote Roberson. Survivors include several nieces; special friends, Ray Dean and Willie Mae Smith, and Chris and Kim Smith.
Pallbearers are J.T. Johnson, Robert Johnson, Stan Beard, Sam Reeves, Jerry Caskey, and Eugene Smith.

Jessie Mae Dean Veitch
Funeral services for Mrs. Jessie Mae Dean Veitch, 87, will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with Dr. Ronald Prince and Bro. Bill Ichter officiating. Interment will follow at Gardens of Memory in Minden. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m., today, Feb. 22 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home.
Mrs. Veitch, a native resident of Webster Parish, moved to Minden in 1944 with her late husband, Doyle. Together, they co-founded Anti-Pest and Veitch, which became their family business and is now run by their grandson, Ronnie. She spent her life serving her Lord, her church and her family. She was a dedicated member of First Baptist Church, where she was a Sunday School teacher and a past president of the WMU. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who took great pride in her family and whose greatest pleasures came from doing for them. She loved to spend time fishing with her husband and playing the piano for her granddaughter. Mrs. Veitch passed away Monday, Feb. 21 at IHS of Minden. She will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, S.D. "Doyle" Veitch; her parents, Walter and Josie Dean; and two brothers, Leroy and Harlen Dean.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Donald Ray and Georgia Veitch; three grandchildren, Vickie Lynn Bennie of Port Neches, Texas, Ronnie Veitch and Donna Pate, both of Minden; four great-grandchildren, Stephanie Bennie, Michelle Guthrie and Jason and Jennifer Veitch; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Henry Dalton Dean and Mary Ellen and James A. Dean and Bertha, all of Shreveport; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Jim Dean, Ken Dean, John Dean, Robert Dean, Gary Loftin and Dan Scurlock. Honorary pallbearers will be Calvin Bagwell and Sam Langley.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the First Baptist Church missions ministry or to the Louisiana Baptist Childrenís Home.

Kendal Dianne Reed
Kendal Dianne Reed passed away at 10:21 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000.
She is survived by her parents, Christopher B. and Lucy McEachern Reed; grandparents, Gerald and Wanda Merritt McEachern of Minden, Donna Newman of Sibley and Barry Reed of Houston, Texas; and great-grandparents, Paunell Merritt of Minden, the late Oma McEachern, Bernice Dean and Patricia Diane Newman of Sibley, and Harry and Verlise Reed of Lake Charles.

Johnny Robinson
Funeral services for Mr. Johnny Robinson, 42, were held at 10 a.m., today, Feb. 22, 2000, at Rose-Neath Chapel of Arcadia with Dr. Johnie Adkins and the Rev. Larry Joyner officiating. Burial was in Mt. Olive Cemetery in Sailes. He died Sunday, Feb. 20 at LSU Medical Center in Shreveport.
Mr. Robinson was born in Webster Parish and resided in Ruston. He was a mechanic for McKinney Saw & Cycle.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Terry Lynn Robinson; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Noah Coffey; and paternal grandparents, Jennings and Syble Ball.
Survivors include his parents, Joe and Frances Lindemyer of Gibsland and Clara Robinson of Dubberly; one son, Ryan Robinson of Castor; one sister, Toi Stroud and husband David; nephews, Preston and Mary Stroud, all of Castor; and a very special friend, Barbara Forney of Ruston.
Pallbearers were Pete Lyles, John McKinney, Charles Thomas, Tony Oxford, Jerry Rhodes and Aaron Clark.
Memorials may be made to donorís choice.

Dale Berton Scott
A memorial service for Mr. Dale Berton Scott, 47, will be held at 2 p.m., today, Feb. 23, 2000, at North Acres Baptist Church in Minden with Bro. Roy Strother officiating. He died Sunday, Feb. 20.
Mr. Scott was a lifelong resident of Minden and was employed as a welder for Clement Industries for 26 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, L.B. and Velma Scott. Survivors include his wife, Donna Scott; one daughter, Brandi Scott, both of Minden; three stepchildren, Mary Slayter of Maryland, Danielle Slayter and Josh Slayter, both of Minden; and best friends, Richard Greer of Minden and Dale Ellis of Arkansas.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the state Wildlife and Fisheries Department.

R.E. Harris
Funeral services for Mr. R.E. Harris will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, at Pattersonís Minden Chapel. The body will lie in state Friday, Feb. 25. Interment will be in Sheppard Street Cemetery in Minden.
Family hour will be from 6 until 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25 at Pattersonís Chapel.
Left to cherish the memories of life are four sons, W.C. Harris, A.C. ìBillî Harris, Bobby R. Harris Sr. and wife Beverly, and Anthony Harris Sr. and wife Vera; two daughters, Mary H. Harris and Mary E. Harris; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, other relatives, and many loving and caring friends.

Frances Ventress
Funeral services for Mrs. Frances Ventress, 89, of Lake Jackson, Texas, will be held at 2 p.m., today, Feb. 23, 2000, at Crawford-A. Crim Chapel with the Rev. Jere Wilson officiating. Interment will be in Rusk County Memorial Gardens Cemetery under the direction of Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home in Henderson, Texas. She died Monday, Feb. 21 at Brazosport Memorial Hospital in Lake Jackson, Texas.
Mrs. Ventress was born June 1, 1910, in Sweetwater, Texas. She had resided in Henderson, Texas, for 50 years. She was a retired LVN after 40 years at Henderson Memorial Hospital. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Henderson and was active in the Henderson Womensí Forum.
Mrs. Ventress was preceded in death by her husband, Brantley Ventress; one brother, Charles Lunsford; and one sister, Ruth Overton.
Survivors include one brother, George Lunsford and wife Norine; nieces and nephews, Dr. Thomas and Blinn Lunsford, all of Lake Jackson, Texas, George R. and Kathy Lunsford of Pearland, Texas, Mary and Steve Kelly of Lake Jackson, Rebecca and Pat Turner of San Antonio, Texas, and Kathy and Tom Cole of LaPlace.
Pallbearers will be Tim Cole, Pat Turner, Steve Kelly, Adam Kelly, Thomas Lunsford and George R. Lunsford.
Family received friends from 6 until 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22 at Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home in Henderson, Texas.

Johnny Robinson
Funeral services for Mr. Johnny Robinson, 42, were held at 10 a.m., today, Feb. 22, 2000, at Rose-Neath Chapel of Arcadia with Dr. Johnie Adkins and the Rev. Larry Joyner officiating. Burial was in Mt. Olive Cemetery in Sailes. He died Sunday, Feb. 20 at LSU Medical Center in Shreveport.
Mr. Robinson was born in Webster Parish and resided in Ruston. He was a mechanic for McKinney Saw & Cycle.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Terry Lynn Robinson; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Noah Coffey; and paternal grandparents, Jennings and Syble Ball.
Survivors include his parents, Joe and Frances Lindemyer of Gibsland and John and Clara Robinson of Dubberly; one son, Ryan Robinson of Castor; one sister, Toi Stroud and husband David; nephews, Preston and Mary Stroud, all of Castor; and a very special friend, Barbara Forney of Ruston.
Pallbearers were Pete Lyles, John McKinney, Charles Thomas, Tony Oxford, Jerry Rhodes and Aaron Clark.
Memorials may be made to donorís choice.

James ëJimmyí W. Hubbard
Graveside services for Mr. James "Jimmy" W. Hubbard, of Dixie Inn, will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, at Hill Crest Memorial Mausoleum Chapel with the Rev. Larry Earhardt officiating. Burial will be in Hill Crest Cemetery. He died Wednesday, Feb. 23.
Mr. Hubbard was born June 15, 1939. He was retired from the U.S. Army and the City of Minden Street Department. He was the first post commander of the Carey Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7533 in Minden and was a present council member of Dixie Inn.
He was preceded in death by his father, William "Bill" Hubbard, and one brother, Billy W. Hubbard.
Survivors include his mother, Lurlene Hawkins; his wife of 36 years, Wanda L. Hubbard; three daughters, Linda L. Leger and husband Chris, Brenda Valentine and husband Chuck, and Melinda Miller and fiancee Curt; one sister, Ethelene Young and husband Bill; and grandchildren, Jacque and Miranda Leger, Vincent Miller, Chancy, Stormy and Savanna Valentine.
The family will receive friends for visitation from 5 until 8 p.m., today, Feb. 24 at Hill Crest Funeral Home.
F.O. Hodges
Funeral services for F.O. Hodges, 83, of Springhill, will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, at First Baptist Church, Springhill, with the Rev. Ronald Morgan, the Rev. James Schoenrock and the Rev. Dee Black officiating. Burial will be in Old Shongaloo Cemetery under the direction of Bailey Mortuary, Springhill.
Mr. Hodges, a native and lifelong resident of this area, died Wednesday morning, Feb. 23, at the Summit Hospital in Bossier City following a long illness. He was a faithful member of First Baptist Church for over 50 years. He was a veteran of WWII as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army and received a Bronze Star and Purple Ribbon for service during the Rhine River Campaign. He was a merchant in the grocery business from 1946 to 1969 and was a member of the American Legion Banks-Strong Post #166 and the DVA. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and was active in civic and community affairs. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to fish and hunt.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Exie Johnson Hodges of Springhill; two sons and daughters-in-law, Tommy Lee and Joan Hodges of Camden, Ark., and Samuel Kirk "Sammy" and Cathy Hodges of Springhill; three grandchildren, Jennifer Lindsay Hodges, Cynthia Hendrix and Ricky Scogins; six sisters, Jeanette Lee of Springhill, and Ozzie V. Walker of Shongaloo; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Serving as pallbearers will be Bobby McLain, Richard Griggs, Duane Lindsey, Larry Joe Williams, Ercel Sutton and Jack Taylor.

Vera Emma Combs
Funeral services for Vera Emma Combs, 85 of Bossier City, were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at the Bailey Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Carter officiating. Burial was in the Springhill Cemetery under the direction of Bailey Mortuary, Springhill.
Mrs. Combs, a native of Strong, Ark., and a former longtime resident of Springhill who made her home in Bossier City, died Friday, Feb. 25, at the Guest House in Bossier City after a short illness. She was a member of the Springhill Missionary Baptist Church and a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Emon Mahoney Combs on July 4, 1964.
She is survived by a son, John G. Combs and his wife Lisa of Haughton; two grandchildren, John G. Combs, Jr. and Michelle Cordell and her husband Jimmy; three great-grandchildren, Tyler Combs, Whitney Farmer and Melody Farmer; two brothers, Gordon Coleman of Urbana, Ark., and Ray Coleman of El Dorado, Ark.; one sister, Nell Johnson of El Dorado, Ark.

Charles Hampton ëDuncaní McDonald
Funeral services for Charles Hampton ìDuncanî McDonald, 89 of Springhill, were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27, 2000, at the Bailey Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. Johnny Umphries officiating. Burial, with Masonic graveside rites, was in the Welcome Cemetery under the direction of Bailey Mortuary, Springhill.
Mr. McDonald, a native and lifelong resident of this area, died Thursday, Feb. 24, at the SunBridge Care Center, Springhill, after a long illness. He was a member of the Lake Erling Baptist Church and a retired pipe fitter and construction worker. He was a member of the Plumbers and Steam Fitters Local Union #141, Shreveport, and a member of the Huey Masonic Lodge #70 F&AM, Taylor, Ark. He owned and operated McDonaldís Grocery near Lake Erling from 1954 to 1973.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Nellie Jean Kent McDonald of Springhill; two daughters and sons-in-law, Jane and Claude Dreher of Lake Erling, Ark., and Carolyn and Nolan Davis of Camden, Ark.; one son, Charles Wayne McDonald and his wife Deanie of Destin, Fla.; one sister, Helen Wyatt of Shreveport; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Serving as pallbearers were Toxey Bowen, Tommy Davis, Stacy Baltzegar, Mark Dreher, Gabe Lyons and Michael Lyons.

Verdie Mae Crouch Wilson
Funeral services for Verdie Mae Crouch Wilson, 75 of Sarepta, will be held at 2 p.m., today, Feb. 28, 2000 at the New Sarepta Baptist Church with the Rev. Johnny Tipton and the Rev. Danny Dodds officiating. Burial was in the Union Springs Cemetery under the direction of Bailey Mortuary, Springhill.
Mrs. Wilson, a native and lifelong resident of this area, died Sunday morning, Feb. 27, at her residence following a sudden illness. She was a member of New Sarepta Baptist Church and a homemaker.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Marvin Wilson; two daughters, Carolyn Wilson and Linda Heckendorn and her husband Danny, all of Sarepta; three granddaughters, Robin, Stacey and Katie; two sisters, Trudy Jones of Atlanta, Texas, and Sadie Banderia of Rocky Mount; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Serving as pallbearers will be Tom Duck, Charles Brown, Stanley Newsom, Frank Heckendorn, Miles Hicks and John Reeve. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the men of the Council on Aging Sarepta Unit.

John H. Johnson Jr.
Funeral services for John H. Johnson, 78, will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church, Shreveport. Dr. Jon Stubblefield, pastor of First Baptist Church will officiate, assisted by Dr. Scott L. Tatum, pastor emeritus of Broadmoor Baptist Church. Burial will follow at 3 p.m., in the Minden Cemetery. Visitation will be at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, Marshall Street, from 5 until 7 p.m., today, Feb. 28.
Mr. Johnson was born in Bogalusa, and grew up in Minden. During WWII, he served in the 102nd infantry division in France and Germany. He was purchasing agent for Placid Oil Company for 20 years and Sovereign Supply for eight years. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Shreveport, where he served as a deacon and a former chairman of the finance committee. He was recently made deacon emeritus. He was formerly a member of Broadmoor Baptist Church where he was a choir member and taught a junior boys Sunday School class. He was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, The Petroleum Club of Shreveport, The Kiwanis Club of Shreveport and a volunteer for the Literacy Program, Volunteers of America at Centenary College.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John H. Johnson, Sr. and Stella Boyd Johnson.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mildred Davenport Johnson; two daughters, Marilyn Johnson King of Shreveport, and Marsha Johnson Enterline of Dayton, Ohio; four grandchildren, Alicia Anne King of Carrollton, Texas, James Richardson King, Jr. of Fort Worth, Texas, Sarah Elizabeth Enterline and Claire Lafitte Enterline of Dayton, Ohio; one sister, Flora J. Robinson of Powhatan, Va.; one brother, Lars G. Johnson of Baton Rouge; two nieces and one nephew.
Pallbearers will be Milton L. Williams, Tom Elgin, T.J. Mims, H. Dalton Dean, Dala Smith, Harold Summers, Morris Caraway and George Plaxco. Honorary pallbearers will be W. Peyton Shehef, Gwen Morrison, Tom Pope, Robert Jackson, K.D. Langford and James Turner.
The family requests memorial be made to First Baptist Church, Shreveport, The John and Mildred Johnson Scholarship Fund at Centenary College, or to a charity of the donorís choice.

DíAurdra Jones
Funeral services for D'Aurdra Jones will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 4, 2000, at Patterson Chapel in Minden. Viewing will begin at 12 noon, Friday, March 3 in the Arcadia Chapel. Interment will be in New Fellowship Cemetery in Gibsland. Family hour will be held from 6 until 7 p.m., Friday, March 3 at Patterson Chapel in Arcadia.

Martha Washington Greenard
Funeral services for Mrs. Martha Washington Greenard, 88, of Cotton Valley, will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 4, 2000, at Wesley Grove C.M.E. Church in Cotton Valley with the Rev. L.R. Dotson officiating. Burial will be in Cotton Valley Cemetery under the direction of Miller-Pioneer Funeral Home of Minden. She died Sunday, Feb. 27 in Cotton Valley.
Mrs. Greenard is survived by two sons, Calvin Chester Greenard and Clyde Mitchell Greenard, both of Flint, Mich.; three daughters, Ida King of Monroe, Hilda Harris of Cotton Valley and Emma Osborne of Olympia Fields, Ill.; 18 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 6 until 7 p.m., today, March 3 at Miller-Pioneer Chapel.

Lee Otis Frye Sr.
Funeral services for Lee Otis Frye Sr., 99, will be held at 2 p.m., today, March 6, 2000, at Rose-Neath's Homer Chapel with the Rev. Charles Harlon officiating. Burial will be in Gilgal Cemetery near Minden.
Mr. Frye, a native of Claiborne Parish and resident of Homer, died Sunday, March 5, in Shreveport. He was a farmer and a retired school bus driver for the Claiborne Parish School Board. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Homer.
He was preceded in death by his first wife of 30 years, Betty Lou O'Rear; and his second wife of 44 years, Susie Watson; daughter-in-law Phyllis Slocum Frye.
He is survived by his son, Otis Frye Jr. of Minden; one sister, Helen Adkins of Benton; one grandson, David Lee and his wife Sue Frye of Homer; two great-grandsons, James Otis and his wife Laura Frye of Dallas, Texas, and Charles and his wife Rebecca Frye of West Monroe.
Serving as pallbearers will be James Frye, Charles Frye, Billy Frye, Ed Bolling, Frank Speer and Russell Langley.

Betty Faye Stanfield
Graveside services for Betty Faye Stanfield, 62, were held at 10 a.m., today, March 6, 2000, in Cottage Grove Cemetery in Rocky Mount, under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home, Plain Dealing. Funeral home visitation was today, March 6, from 8 to 9:30 a.m.
Ms. Stanfield died at 12:29 a.m., Saturday, March 4, in LSU Hospital-Shreveport.

Billie Gene McCowen
Funeral services for Billie Gene McCowen, 71, will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 8, 2000, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home with the Rev. Ryan Horton officiating. Interment will be at Gardens of Memory, Minden. Visitation was from 5 p.m. until closing, Monday, March 6, and all day today, March 7.
Mr. McCowen passed away Sunday, March 5 at his home after a lengthy battle with cancer.
After leaving high school, Mr. McCowen attended Centenary College and worked 11 years at Peoples Bank. He was with Aetna Insurance in 1955. In 1962, he was elected Outstanding Young Man of the Year. Mr. McCowen was the sparkplug that kept things moving on the effort to improve the runways at the Minden Airport in 1966. He also served as the president of the Civitans and Jaycees. He was one of the eldest original members of the First United Methodist Church of Minden. Mr. McCowen was very active in the church and community activities. He enjoyed helping around the neighborhood, cooking, sewing, gardening and especially popping wheelies on his riding lawnmower.
He was preceded in death by his beloved parents, Maggie Ash McCowen and John McCowen Sr.; and one brother, John McCowen Jr.
He is survived by his four children, Dawn McCowen Dunphy and husband Steve, Bret McCowen and wife Kaye, Karen D. McCowen and Shane McCowen; four grandchildren, Melissa Raley Hammons, Christopher K. Brown, Matthew Raley and Lacy Jo McCowen; one great-granddaughter, Jordan Micayla Drew; seven nieces and nephews, 12 great nieces and nephews; and friends and former wives, Caroline Horton Coon and Martha M. McCowen Wynn.
Pallbearers will be Johnny McCowen, Danny McCowen, Raymond Horton Jr., Christopher K. Brown, Brian Hammons and Steve Dunphy. Honorary pallbearers will be Matthew Raley, Raymond Horton, Chester Gruner, Donnie White, Buddy Maddry, Dr. Rev. Raylin Parkhill, Terry Sykes and Joe Raley.
The family asks that any donation or memorials to be made to The American Cancer Society or First United Methodist Church of Minden.


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