Obituaries

Wed
27
Jul

Cotton Dowden

Funeral services for Charles Eugene “Cotton” Dowden were held July 23 at Prewitt’s Chapel Baptist Church, in Hornbeck with the Reverends Nick Hilton and Douglas Downs officiating. Burial followed in Prewitt’s Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Jeane’s Funeral Service. Charles Eugene “Cotton” Dowden was born on September 10, 1969, in Many to Charles and Ann Behan Dowden. He passed away on July 21, 2016 in Hornbeck at the age of 46. He attended Hornbeck High School and worked as a foreman for KCS Railroad. He loved to hunt, fish, and work with taxidermy. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his son, Samuel Allen Dowden; step-son, Mikey A. Black and his grandparents.

Wed
27
Jul

Lavern Thomasee

Funeral services for Lavern Faye Parish Thomasee, 90, of Many, were held July 25 at Warren Meadows Funeral Home chapel in Many with the Reverends Ronnie Sandifer and Jim Phaup officiating. Burial followed at Aimwell Cemetery in Toledo Bend. Lavern Faye Parish Thomasee was born October 19, 1925 in Marthaville. She passed away on July 23, 2016 at her residence in Many. She is preceded in death by her husband, Frank Thomasee; parents, Cleveland Gordy Parish and Annie Elizabeth Parish and granddaughter, Allison Grace Gentry.

Wed
27
Jul

Joseph Willie Ham

Joseph Willie Ham was born on Wednesday, June 10, 1936 in Natchitoches Parish. He passed away on Friday, July 22, 2016 at his residence in Many. He was preceded in death by his parents, Curtis Ham and Eva Marie Ham; sister, Doris Fay Peguet and grandson, Justin Lane Ham. He is survived by his wife, Marcella Ann Ham of Many; son, Joseph Ham, II and wife Tracie of Alexandria; daughters, Kandy Ham Fowler and husband, Dale, of Converse, Deborah Ham Peterson and husband, Bo, of Belmont, Shirley Ham Cathcart and husband, Gary, of Benton, Arkansas, Regina Cash of Holly Lake Ranch, Texas, and Marcy Ham Sepulvado and husband, Chris, of Hemphill, Texas; sisters, Barbara Ann Moore of Granger, Texas and Vera Duboise of Montgomery; brothers, Curtis Ham of Temple, Texas and Wayne Ham of Shreveport,; 15 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren; along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends and his beloved dog, Lilly.

Wed
20
Jul

Theodore Dove

Theodore Ensley Dove left this world on Saturday, July 9, 2016, after a brief illness while recuperating at the Northwest Louisiana War Veterans Home in Bossier City. Mr. Dove was 94 and a lifelong resident of Knobel, Clay County, Arkansas, until 2015 when he moved to Toledo Bend Lake, to live beside his nephew and spouse, Ted E. and Carolyn A. Dove. Born October 14, 1921, in Knobel, he graduated from Corning High School, Clay County, Arkansas, and obtained his college degree from Arkansas State University after returning from active duty in World War II. He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942 and was eventually sent to India where he served in the China, Burma, India (CBI) theatre supplying the Nationalist Chinese in their battle against Japan. He retired from a teaching career in 1983 after 28 years in the classroom, the last 25 spent at his alma matter, Corning High School, where he was voted the most popular teacher several times.

Wed
20
Jul

Mary and Billie Lawrence

Please join the family to share good memories and good food as we celebrate the lives of Mary Manasco and Billie Lawrence on Saturday, July 23 at 1 p.m. at the Alford Heights Baptist Church in Many. Mary grew up in Many. She was born on October 5, 1942 to Bernice Jones-Manasco and Troy Manasco and passed away at home, in Branson, Missouri on November 26, 2014, surrounded with love by her family and sisters. Billie grew up in Florien and was born on April 9, 1936 to Hazel Eason-Lawrence and Bill Lawrence. He passed away at his son’s home in Sanford, North Carolina on May 23, 2016, the day before his and Mary’s 55th wedding anniversary. Mary is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Gordon, Rodney, and Milford and much loved nephews, Matt Bridges and Dawson Lowe. Billie was preceded in death by his lovely and beautiful wife, Mary, his parents, and his beloved sister, O’Del Edwards.

Wed
20
Jul

Billy Sepeda

Funeral services honoring the life of Billy Wayne Sepeda, 75, were held July 7at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Zwolle with Father Micheal Thang’wa officiating. Burial followed at St. Joseph’s in Zwolle Billy Wayne Sepeda was born in Pleasant Hill to Edward Sepeda and Lela Bell Wilburn and passed away with his wife by his side. Proceeding him in death were his parents, Edward Sepeda and Lela Bell Wilburn; brothers, Jerry Glen Sepeda, Herman Sepeda, Wilbert Maxey and Mac Sepeda and sisters, Jewel Phillips, Ruby Remedis, Johnnie Bell Remedies and Melva Sepeda. Those left behind to cherish his memory are his wife of 47 years, JoAnne Sepeda; son, Marcus Sepeda and wife A’na of Zwolle; brothers, Edward Sepeda of Oklahoma, Jack Sepeda of Denham Springs, Robert Sepeda of Florida, and Danny Wilburn and wife, Kathy, of Shreveport; sisters, Joanne Warren of Shreveport, Carolyn Sepeda of Baton Rouge, and Susie Belt of Beaumont, Texas and sister-in-law, Tressie Sepeda of Shreveport.

Wed
20
Jul

Martha Elliott

Funeral services honoring the life of Martha Faye Stevens Elliott, 78, were held July 13 at First Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill with the Rev. Joe Thibeau officiating. Burial followed at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Pleasant Hill. Martha was born on March 12, 1938 to her father Haywood Stevens and mother Nina Stevens, and died on July 10, 2016 in Mansfield. Martha was a member of First Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill, where she sang in the choir for many years. Preceding Martha in death were her father, Haywood Stevens; mother, Nina Stevens; husband, James Joel Elliott and brother-in-law, Charles Andrews. Those left behind to cherish her memory are her son, James Joel Elliott, Jr. and wife, Carolyn M. Elliott; daughters, Pamela Jeane Hildebrand and husband, Roy D. Hildebrand, Connie Lynn Procell and husband, Brian E. Procell, and Donna Gwynn Elliott; sisters, Bobbie Jeane Andrews, Francis Yvonne Bufkin and husband, R.A.

Wed
13
Jul

Lois Evelyn Daniels

Funeral services for Lois Evelyn Daniels, 84, of Robeline were held on July 6 at The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints with Bishop Jared Vincent officiating. Burial followed in the Rocky Mount Cemetery in Robeline. Lois Evelyn Daniels was born on Saturday, November 14, 1931 in Sabine Parish.

Wed
13
Jul

William “Bill” Parker

Funeral services for William “Bill” Parker, 69, of Marthaville were held July 9 at Aimwell Baptist Church with the Rev. Butch Bruce officiating. Burial followed in the Aimwell Cemetery. Bill was born on Sunday, July 7, 1946 in Winnfield.

Wed
13
Jul

Earnestine Underwood Lilly

Funeral services for Earnestine Underwood Lilly of Many were held June 29, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses with Brother James Self officiating. Interment followed in New Jerusalem Cemetery. Earnestine Lilly was born September 20, 1925 in Deridder to Oscar Cleve Underwood and Alice Beatrice Gise Underwood. She passed away on June 22, 2016 at University Health Hospital in Shreveport. She married Nathaniel Lilly on September 4, 1942 in Many who passed away October 3, 2010. Earnestine took care of the home. Over 25 years, Earnestine and Nathaniel welcomed 12 children into their home and Earnestine set about teaching them kindness, humility, and hard work. Her children remember her as a dedicated and loving mother who encouraged them to give back to others and wanted them to be happy. Earnestine was an avid gardener and great cook and often loved to sing, write poetry, and dance.

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