|Obituaries published on Feb. 5, 2009|
James T. Jim Coats
Mr. James T. "Coach" Jim Coats, 85, of Monroe, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009 after developing metastatic complications of melanoma skin cancer.
Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, at Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery with Robert Charles Payne and Coach Willie Reagan officiating. Coffee was served for family and friends at Lakeshore Baptist Church in the fellowship hall following the service. Arrangements were by Mulhearn Funeral Home, Sterlington Road, Monroe.
Survivors include his loving wife of 63 years, Ruby Evans Coats; three sons, Tommy Coats of Swartz, Joe Coats of Monroe, and Robert Coats and wife, Verna, of Newellton; daughter, Mary Coats Brown of Van Buren, Ark.; granddaughters, Gerri Coats Rankin of Alexandria, Amanda Brown Phillips and husband, Jamie, of Sherman, Texas, Ashley Brown Ellis and husband, Lee, of Moore, Okla.; grandson, Joey Hemphill and wife, Heather, of Georgetown, Texas; great-granddaughters, Taylar Rankin, Paige Phillips and Adrianna Hemphill; great-grandsons, Hunter, Trystan and Dawson Hemphill; one sister, Jean Fitzgerald of Shreveport; and brother-in-law, Warren Robbins of Phoenix, Ariz.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Orbin Collins and Tempie Demoss Coats of Delhi; sister, O.C. Robbins of Phoenix, Ariz.; and daughter-in-law, Debbie (Mrs. Tommy) Coats.
Honorary pallbearers were Larry Reeves, R.F. Wilson, Johnny T. Johnson, Johnny Schmidt, Murray Biedenharn and Jerry Striplin.
Enola Calhoun Cook
Funeral services for Mrs. Enola Calhoun Cook, 94, of West Monroe, were at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009, at Eva Church of God in Monterey with Rev. Glen Young officiating. Interment was at Jessie Beasley Cemetery. Mulhearn Funeral Home of West Monroe handled arrangements.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred B. Cook.
Survivors include her sons, Fred B. Cook Jr. of Houston, Texas, and Mickey Cook and wife, Dee Dee, of West Monroe; six grandchildren, Trey Cook and wife, Patty, of Baton Rouge, Amiee Reeves and husband, Todd, of Birmingham, Ala., Julie Norris and husband, Chris, of West Monroe, Julie Cook of Houston, Texas, Ashley McDonald and husband, Tim, of San Antonio, Texas, and Daniel Cook and wife, Rachel, of Flower Mound, Texas; 10 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Marjorie Sturgeon and Frances Beane.
Pallbearers were Nicky Pere, Riley Lee Calhoun, John Sturgeon, Rodney B. Calhoun, Billy Green, Billy Beane and J.W. Calhoun.
Memorials may be made to the Cancer Foundation League's Patient Services Committee, 141 DeSiard Street, Suite 407, Monroe, LA 71201.
Mary Lee Bond Diffey
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Lee Bond Diffey, 86, of West Monroe, were at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at Mulhearn Funeral Home of West Monroe with Rev. Jeff Luellen officiating. Interment was at Roselawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Calhoun.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Elbert Lee Diffey; three brothers; and one sister.
Survivors include her son, Acil Jerry Diffey; three daughters, Loretta Owens, Jean Bracey and Suzanne Stuckey; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; brother, Charles O. Bond; sister, Verna L. Brickey; and many nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were family members, DeWayne Bracey, Gary Owens, Russell Allen Bracey, Bobby Matlock, Roy Walton and Eric Diffey. Honorary pallbearers were Huey Diffey and Dylan Matlock.
Bruce E. Douglas
Mr. Bruce E. Douglas, 57, of West Monroe, and formerly of St. Petersburg, Fla., passed away after a lengthy illness on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009.
His funeral was at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, at Mulhearn Funeral Home of West Monroe with Rev. Jeff Luellen officiating.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Douglas; children, Michelle Douglas, Tammy Stimpson of Gillette, Wyo., and Crystal Marlin of St. Petersburg, Fla.; three grandchildren, Jacob Marlin, Joseph Marlin and Rebecca Edwards; brothers, Mark Douglas and wife, Lori, Gregory Douglas and wife, Lisa, and Michael Douglas and wife, Frieda; sister, Margaret McDade and husband, Larry, of Graham, N.C.; nephews, Nicholas, Justin and Kenneth Douglas; and numerous other nieces and nephews.
Jerry H. Emory
Mr. Jerry H. Emory, 72, of West Monroe, passed away Friday, Jan. 30, 2009, at Glenwood Regional Medical Center in West Monroe.
His funeral was at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, at Mulhearn Funeral Home of West Monroe with Revs. Jerry Salisbury and Marshall Douglas officiating. Interment was at Hasley Cemetery.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry C. and Ruby Emory and his father and mother in-law, Oliver O. and Louise Cloyd.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Barbara; children, Terry Lenard and husband, Keith, Rhonda Smith and husband, Tim, Jay Emory and wife, Cammie, Patsy Hutto and husband, Luther, and Janice Emory; grandchildren, Renee Smith, David Smith, Jerryd Emory, Brian Smith, Olivia Cage, Shawna McManus, Scott Cage, Whitson Emory, Robert Emory and Joslee "Josie" Emory; brother, Edwin Emory and wife, Norma; sister, Patsy Banks and husband, Billy; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Harold Snowden, Bill Blackstock, L.V. Kane, Joey Redmond, Bobby Walker, Jimmy Dennig and Kevin Mathus. Honorary pallbearers were I.H Tidwell, Bo Holcomb, Blondie Arrant, Ralph Robinson, Ralph Brown, Bill Nolan, Tracy Womack and Ellis McDonald.
Memorials may be made to the West Monroe Methodist Protestant Church or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Natalie Barker Fuller
Mrs. Natalie Barker Fuller, 86, of West Monroe, passed into the life everlasting on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009.
Her funeral was at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Mulhearn Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel with Rev. Larry Stafford officiating. Interment followed under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home, Sterlington Road, Monroe.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert G. Fuller of West Monroe; her parents, Earl R. and Mae Boddie Barker of Ruston; and her sisters, Eloise Savannah of Monroe, Pauline Willis of Ruston and Irene Willis Bryan of Ruston.
Survivors include her sisters, Margie Williams of Ruston and Jeanette Alexander Howell of Ruston; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Memorials may be made to Edgewood Baptist Church, 501 Travis St., West Monroe, LA 71291 or First United Methodist Church, 3900 Loop Road, Monroe, LA 71201.
Joseph W. Hammond
Graveside and interment services for Mr. Joseph W. Hammond, 85, of West Monroe, were at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009, at Kilpatrick's Serenity Gardens with Rev. Charles Anger officiating. Arrangements were by Kilpatrick Funeral Home of West Monroe.
Survivors include his beloved wife, Rita; a daughter, Julia Taylor and husband, Charles; grandson, Kendall Taylor; granddaughter, Randi Taylor; two brothers, Bill and Edward Hammond; seven sisters, Betty Neil, Mary New, Nancy Fogle, Peggy Girtun, Cathy Cawley, Virginia Willsey and Helen Oberton; and a number of nieces and nephews.
James L. Harrison
Mr. James L. Harrison, 65, of Monroe, passed away Monday, Jan. 26, 2009, at St. Francis North in Monroe.
His funeral was at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at Mulhearn Funeral Home, Sterlington Road, Monroe, with Rev. David Willoughby officiating. Interment was at Rayville Masonic Cemetery in Rayville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, Margaret Hensley, Edith Gay, and Frances Barnes; and one brother, Delbert Harrison Sr.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Gwendolyn Greer Harrison; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jason and Stephanie Harrison of Nashville, Ark., and Jesse and Angela Harrison of Monroe; one brother, Billy Ralph Harrison and wife, Danora, of Gardendale, Texas; three sisters, Faye Echlin and husband, Larry, of Star City, Ark., Sue Barnes and husband Bob of Russellville, Ark., and Shirley Makovec of Star City, Ark.; one brother-in-law, Jimmy Greer and wife, Linda, of West Monroe; one sister-in-law, Nancy Harrison of Carl Junction, Mo.; four grandchildren, Alyssa and Andrew Harrison of Nashville, Ark., and Emma and Joshua Harrison of Monroe.
Pallbearers were Jimmy Gay, Dennis Roper, Tony Echlin, Kevin Greer, Darrell Porter and Chris Minor.
H. Dale Hendricks
Funeral services for Mr. H. Dale Hendricks, 78, of West Monroe, were at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009, at First United Methodist Church of West Monroe with Rev. Jon Tellifero officiating. Interment was at Hasley Cemetery under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home of West Monroe.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Sarah Hendricks; sons, David Hendricks, Jeff Hendricks and wife, Sara, and Mark Hendricks and wife, Debra; grandchildren, Lance Hendricks and wife, Paige, Beth Hendricks, Kevin Hendricks, Matthew Hendricks, Katie Hendricks, Amy Hendricks and Wayne Hendricks; and one great-grandchild, Major Hendricks.
Pallbearers were Kevin Hendricks, Matthew Hendricks, Lance Hendricks, Wayne Hendricks, Rick Hendricks and Drew Kennedy.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of West Monroe.
Alma J. Kirkham
Mrs. Alma Jearline "Jerry" Kirkham, 70, of Calhoun, passed away Friday, Jan. 23, 2009, in West Monroe.
Her funeral was at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26, at Kilpatrick Funeral Home of West Monroe with Bro. George Bonner officiating. Interment was at Campground Cemetery in Bienville.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Joe Kirkham.
Survivors include three sons, Eugene Donaldson, Joseph C Donaldson and John R. Mahaffey; three daughters, Sherry Camp and husband, John, Dianna Huffty and husband, Shannon, and Karen Moorhead and husband, Jamie; grandchildren, Kristy Hayden, William H. Turnbow III, Carra Donaldson, Jessica Whitlock, Harlie Whitlock and Thatcher Moorhead; three great-grandchildren and one on the way.
Pallbearers were Eugene Donaldson, John R. Mahaffey Jr., Joseph Donaldson, William H. Turnbow III, Shannon Huffty and Stan Huffty.
Virginia Marston Brown Marx
Services for Mrs. Virginia Brown Marx, 86, of Monroe, were at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26, 2009, at Mulhearn Funeral Home, Sterlington Road, Monroe. Bishop William C. Johnston, assisted by Dixon Abell, conducted services.
Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Gilbert M. Marx; daughter Sage Redding Veach and her husband, Wallace Veach, of Baton Rouge; son, Dr. Paschal Redding III, of Birmingham, Ala.; grandson, Matthew Marston Lane of Baton Rouge; granddaughter, Leslie Redding Parrish and husband, Joshua, of Nashville, Tenn.; grandson, Grant Redding of Birmingham, Ala.; granddaughter, Virginia Veach Johnston, husband Kyle, and their son, Milo, of Palo Alto, Calif.; sister, Mary Esther Brown Scheps of Lafayette; and numerous nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her mother, Abbie Louise Marston Brown; father, Edward Jewette Brown; sister, Louise Brown Morris; and brother, Dr. Edward Jewette Brown.
Pallbearers were her nephews: Edward B. Scheps of Lafayette, Dr. Phillip B. Scheps of Houston, Texas, Michael Brown, Thomas Brown of Nashville, Tenn., Douglas Brown of Marshall, Texas, and Grant Redding of Birmingham, Ala.
Memorials may be made to LDS Church in care of Bishop Johnston at 2319 Bienville Street, Monroe, LA 71201or Temple B'Nai Israel at 2400 Orell Place, Monroe, LA 71201.
Gussie W. Strumpell
Mrs. Gussie W. Strumpell, 89, of Monroe, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009, in Monroe.
Her funeral was at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Monroe with Rev. Dale Farley officiating. Interment was at Kilpatrick's Serenity Gardens in West Monroe.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Jack Huddleston; her husbands, Henry Mason Strumpell, Otes Vernon Ates and Bob Huddleston; and her three sisters, Johnnie Booty, Eva Elmore and Eleanor Goldberg.
Survivors include her brother, I.J. Williams of Colorado; nephew, Dewitt Booty of Natchitoches; cousin, Jim Williams of West Monroe; and step-children, Susan G. Cotton, Kathryn A. Gonzales, John H. Strumpell and Mark H. Strumpell.
Jackie Lee Vines
Mr. Jackie Lee Vines, 56, of West Monroe, passed away Monday, Jan. 26, 2009, in West Monroe.
Private funeral services were held at Mulhearn Funeral Home of West Monroe with burial at Hasley Cemetery.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John R. and Colleen M. Vines.
Survivors include his sister, Johnnie Vines Phillips and husband, Greg; niece, Kenda Ducote and husband, Darren; great niece, Addison Claire Ducote; and aunts, Frances Scarbrough, Catherine Norris, Vera Hughes and Marie Platt.
Memorials may be made to "The Church" building fund, 1945 Garrett Road, Monroe, LA 71203.
Faye M. Wilkerson
Mrs. Faye M. Wilkerson, 90, of Buckner, and formerly of Monroe, passed away Friday, Jan. 23, 2009.
Her funeral was at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Mulhearn Funeral Home, Sterlington Road, Monroe, with rev. Marcelle Crow officiating. Interment was at Riverview Cemetery.
She was preceded in death by her husband, McDonald Wilkerson; parents, William and Lois McIntosh; brother, William Leon McIntosh Jr.; sisters, Carrimena McIntosh DuCote, Lois McIntosh Dunlap and Sue McIntosh Willis.
Survivors include son, Reagan Wilkerson and wife, Lisa, of Buckner; grandchildren, Reagan Wilkerson Jr. and wife, Beth, Lindsey Browning and husband, Chris, Amber Lewis, Mary Catherine Wilkerson, Amanda Lewis and Josh Wilkerson; great-grandchildren, Lincoln Wilkerson, Alarie Browning and Caleb Browning; sisters-in-law, Ann Priest of Dallas, Texas, and Rosemary McIntosh of Buckner; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Mauel Garza, Rusty Benton, Mike Fife, Vernon Bradley, Mike Benton and Richard Benton.
Adriel D. Wright
Mr. Adriel D. Wright, 82, of West Monroe, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, at Ridgecrest Nursing Home in West Monroe.
Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, at Ellisville Cemetery in Ellisville, Miss. A vigil wake service was at 7 p.m. Thursday at Mulhearn Funeral Home, with Father Frank Coens officiating.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Jean Jarvis Wright; parents, Jewel and Dollie Wright; son, Roger Wright; brother, Alton Wright and wife, Carolyn Spillers Wright; and sister, Opal Neighbors Dimitry.
Survivors include his children, Les Wright and wife, Ann, of Peori, Ariz., Connie Sue Wright and Yevette Wright, both of Shreveport, Barbara Welsh and husband, David, of Cross Vine, Tenn., Jan Ray of MaGee, Miss., and Stacie Wright of Oregon; brothers, Otto Wright and wife, Jean, Truman Wright and wife, Mary Lee, and Sonny Wright and wife, Reba; sisters, Carolyn Davis, Eva Joyce Garrett, and Elaine Bergeron; 12 grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the St. Francis Xavier Elementary School, 4715 North Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85012.