|Obituaries published on Feb. 10, 2011|
Inez Meador Gobble Bagwell
Funeral services for Inez Meador Gobble Bagwell, 87, of West Monroe, were held Thursday, Feb. 3, in the chapel of Mulhearn Funeral Home with Rev. Cecil Gregory officiating. Private interment followed in the Riverview Cemetery in Monroe.
Francis Ray Richardson
Funeral services for Francis Ray Richardson, 82, of West Monroe, were held Thursday, Feb. 3, at the McClendon Baptist Church in West Monroe. Interment followed in the Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery in Monroe.
Barbara Lucille Wade Simmons
Funeral services for Barbara Lucille Wade Simmons, 85, of Monroe, were held Saturday, Feb. 5, in the chapel of Mulhearn Funeral Home, with Bishop Ted Coenen officiating. Interment followed in Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery.
John J. "Jack" Stack
A graveside service for John J. "Jack" Stack, 90, of Monroe was held Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Riverview Cemetery in Monroe with Rev. J. Roddy Taylor of St. Paul's United Methodist Church officiating, under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home, Sterlington Road, Monroe. Visitation with the family was at the cemetery before and after the service.
John "Jack" Stack was born in 1920 in Astoria, Long Island, New York, the son of John J. Stack and Mary Agnes Korinek of New York, and died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at the Northeast Louisiana War Veteran's Home.
Survivors are his wife of 62 years, Gene Flournoy Stack; daughter, Kathleen Stack Chaney; granddaughters, Lucie Chaney Lindloh and husband Nathan, and Tiffany Rogers; grandson, Richard W. Rogers; and one great grandson. Two sisters surviving are Valerie Stack Guild of Wetumpka, Ala., and Lenore Stack Dyer of Westhampton, Long Island, N.Y., and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jack's early schooling was in New York and later at Bergen Junior College in Teaneck, N.J., and at Columbia University in New York City from which he received a Bachelor of Science degree and also attended the Columbia Graduate School of Business.
He was at Columbia at the time Eisenhower was the University President and enjoyed attending his lectures and passing him on the campus. He treasured a signed copy of "Crusade in Europe" written by Eisenhower at that time.
Jack had his own insurance business in West Monroe for many years with sidelines in real estate, apprising, tree farming, etc.
He served as a sergeant in World War II as a weatherman in the Pacific area. While on Guam he was with a group near General Curtis LeMay, predicting the weather for the final outcome of the war. He liked his war service, although he was not in the thick of battle. One of his expressions was "Every day was an adventure."
Jack liked to travel and explore historic and literary places, always participating in what was around. If it was a rowboat on Derwent Water near Wordsworth's house in the Lake District of England. He would row across the lake or swim in the Mediterranean, or a quick dip in the Irish Sea. He covered a large portion of Europe and the British Isles. He also loved to travel over the U.S.A.
Swimming and reading were two of his hobbies. He had a nice collection of books with emphasis on Dickens, Emerson, Thomas Wolfe, Robert Frost, etc. a special favorite was "101 Favorite Poems" bought in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1944. In his earlier years he taught many youngsters to swim and kept swimming all his life, being a steady "lap swimmer" for many years at the ULM pool until early 2010.
Memorials may be made to your favorite charity.
Online condolences: www.mulhearnfuneralhome.com.
Thomas Gray Stephens
Thomas Gray Stephens, 15, was born April 12, 1995 and passed away February 5, 2011.
As a student, Thomas attended Children's House Montessori, Jesus The Good Shepherd, Saint Frederick Junior High School and Neville High School.
Thomas enjoyed his family, the hunting camps, Lake Bruin, playing baseball, the St. Louis Cardinals, the New Orleans Saints and LSU football, playing golf and his many friendships.
He is survived by his parents, Susan and Gray, his sisters Anna Beth Godfrey and Katherine and his brother John and brother-in-law Steven Godfrey, affectionately known by Thomas as "Godfrey."
Thomas is also survived by his grandparents Mr. and Mrs. James Neill, Mr. and Mrs. Sandy Stephens, Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Cook and Ms. Sandra Belaire. He is also survived by Michael and Sherry Stephens and their children Erin, James Michael and Katie Parker; Curtis Stephens and his son Rivers; Julie and Steve Rogers and their children Michael and Erin; Bryan and Suzanne Cook and their children Jeffery and Laura.
Visitation was held Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon in Moore Hall of Jesus The Good Shepherd Catholic Church, followed by a Funeral Mass. Father Mark Watson, Father Matthew Long and Monsignor Edmond Moore will officiate, under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home in Monroe.
Those serving as pallbearers were Mike Stephens, Curtis Stephens, Bryan Cook, Steve Rogers, Michael Rogers, James Michael Stephens and Jeffery Cook. At the family's request there was be a private burial.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Thomas G. Stephens Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 4400, Monroe, LA 71211.
Thomas was a beautiful soul and a beautiful human being, a great friend to so many and an inspiration to his family.
Thank you to the many friends of our family for your prayers and sympathy.
Online condolences: www.mulhearnfuneralhome.com.
Funeral services for H. D. "Georgie" Touchstone, 84, of Monroe, were held Tuesday, Feb. 8, at Covenant Presbyterian Church with Rev. John Mabry officiating. Interment followed at Riverview Cemetery.
Frances Jackson Weir
Funeral services for Frances Jackson Weir were held Thursday, Feb. 3 in the Feazel chapel at First Baptist Church in West Monroe, with Rev. Lonnie Stewart officiating. Interment followed at Hasley Cemetery.
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