|Obituaries published on May 19, 2011|
Alice Marie Boothe
Funeral services for Alice Marie Boothe, 78, of West Monroe, were held Thursday, May 5, at Kilpatrick's Serenity Garden Cemetery in West Monroe with Rev. Nathan Thornton officiating under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home.
Carl L. Bryant
Funeral services for Carl L. Bryant, 92, of Monroe, were held Thursday, May 12, in the chapel of Mulhearn Funeral Home, with Rev. Oda (Tuck) Roberts officiating. Interment followed in Zion Hill Cemetery in Farmerville.
Nellie Beatrice Bryan Clowers
Funeral services for Nellie Beatrice Bryan Clowers, 74, of West Monroe, were held Monday, May 16, at Peniel Baptist Church with Eddy Shoemaker and Larry Walters officiating. Interment followed at Kilpatrick's Serenity Gardens under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home.
Rosella Annabelle Gullickson Collier
Funeral services for Rosella Annabelle Gullickson Collier, 87, of Alexandria, formerly of Monroe, were held Saturday, May 14, at Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery in Monroe with Rev. Paul McComack officiating.
Amy Lee Meyers Farmer
Funeral services for Amy Lee Meyers Farmer, 41, of Monroe, were held Monday, May 16, in the chapel of Mulhearn Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home.
Thelma Elizabeth Fields
Funeral services for Thelma Elizabeth Fields, 85, of Baskin were held Wednesday, May 18, at Hasley Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home. She passed away May 15 in Winnsboro.
Bonnie Albritton Passman Hance
Funeral services for Bonnie Albritton Passman Hance, of Monroe, were held Saturday, May 14, in Feazel Chapel of First Baptist Church of West Monroe. Interment followed in Hasley Cemetery in West Monroe under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home.
James Neil "Sonny" Holley
Funeral services for James Neil "Sonny" Holley, 77, of Swartz, were held Monday, May 16, in the chapel of Mulhearn Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home.
James Nelson Holtzclaw
"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing". 2 Timothy 4:7-8
Funeral services for James Nelson Holtzclaw, 86, of West Monroe, were at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 15, 2011, in the chapel of Kilpatrick's Funeral Home, in West Monroe. Rev. Mark Fenn and Lonnie Stewart officiated. Interment followed at Roselawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Calhoun.
Mr. Holtzclaw went to his heavenly home on Thursday, May 12, 2011, after a lengthy illness. He was a member of First Baptist Church of West Monroe.
Mr. Holtzclaw was preceded in death by his father, Elias Alexander Holtzclaw; his mother, Cordye Calhoun Holtzclaw; infant brothers, Jack and Charles Holtzclaw; a younger brother, John Malcolm Holtzclaw, and his granddaughter, Heather Sepulvado Williford.
Survivors include his loving wife of over 61 years, Carolyn Leree Emory Holtzclaw of Calhoun, LA; daughter, Gwen Rankin and husband Gary of West Monroe, LA; daughter, Debbie Sepulvado and husband David of West Monroe, LA; son, Roger Holtzclaw and wife Alison of Houston, TX; son, Tom Holtzclaw and wife Stacey of West Monroe, LA; brother, Eugene Holtzclaw of Rayville, LA; granddaughters, Gretchen Armstrong and husband Mike, Garrah Leshe and husband Roye, Gentri Stinson and husband Andy, Michelle Sepulvado Davis , Leslie Holtzclaw and Brenna Holtzclaw; grandsons, Brian Sepulvado, Michael Holtzclaw and Hart Holtzclaw, as well as eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Mike Armstrong, Roye Leshe, Andy Stinson, Brian Sepulvado, Michael Holtzclaw, Hart Holtzclaw, Ken Evans, and Cody Williford.
Mr. Holtzclaw was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, son and brother who gave of himself unselfishly to everyone he knew. Known as "Nelson" while growing up in Choudrant, LA, he left employment with Brown Paper Mill Co. Inc. in West Monroe to enlist in the United States Coast Guard on October 29, 1942. He dutifully served his country in World War II, surviving the cold north Atlantic winters including an iceberg collision that left his ship, the U.S.S. Mohawk crippled; he was honorably discharged on March 18, 1946 and returned to this area where he met and fell in love with Carolyn Leree Emory with whom he married on Nov. 23, 1949. Together, they dedicated their lives to their church, their children, and the growing families as well as caring for their two mothers, and several family members who could not take care of themselves in later years.
He had a contagious smile that reflected his genuine love of life and his love for those around him. He was a true example of what a Christian should be as he put God first, followed by his wife, his children and his family, as he always placed himself at the end of the line; although he was an humble man who unfailingly directed attention away from himself, he could not help but beam with pride when it came to his family.
He loved to work in his church where he served in many different roles including Sunday School Director, Training Union Superintendent, Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, and choir member. He joyfully served his Lord, whether it was helping others with his hands as he was considered a "jack of all trades" or with his knowledge as he volunteered to lay-pastor in surrounding churches.
He was always happiest when surrounded by children, and in his waning years when life seemed fuzzy and unclear, children would always put a smile on his face. During the last Christmas season, he remarked that he "just wanted to go home." We know that he arrived at his eternal home at 1:25 p.m. on May 12, 2011, and that he is rejoicing with those who had gone on before, waiting on those of us to follow. Words cannot describe how much we will miss him, but we know that he is free of pain and singing praises to God in his heavenly home.
A true Patriarch, you have given us a heritage that cannot be taken away; we praise God for the blessings that He has provided, and we await the day when we will be reunited to sing praises to God as we once did when we were young.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.kilpatrickfuneralhomes.com.
Lance Cpl. William Casper "Will" Lensing
Funeral services for Lance Cpl. William Casper "Will" Lensing, 27, were held Saturday, May 14, at Jesus the Good Shepherd Catholic Church under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. at a later date.
Evelyn Perdue Mason
Funeral Services for Evelyn Perdue Mason, 88, of West Monroe, were held Friday May 6, in the chapel of Mulhearn Funeral Home in West Monroe with Rev. Michi Head officiating. Interment followed at Roselawn Cemetery in Junction City, Ark.
Funeral services for Aubrey Maxwell, 87, of Monroe, were held Friday, May 13, at Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery in Monroe with Gleason Copeland officiating.
Funeral services for J.V. Moore, 82, were held Saturday, May 14, in the chapel of Mulhearn Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home.
Lillian Ruth Pardue
Funeral services for Lillian Ruth Pardue, 79, of West Monroe, were held Friday, May 13 at Griffin Funeral Home. Interment followed at Mt. Nebo Cemetery in Downsville.
Savannah Jordan Reese
Funeral services for Savannah Jordan Reese, 17, were held Wednesday, May 11, at North Monroe Baptist Church in Monroe. Interment followed at Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home.
Funeral services for Betty Smith, 64, of West Monroe, were held Thursday, May 12, in the Good Hope Baptist Church of West Monroe. Services were under the direction of the Kilpatrick Funeral Home.
Paul E. Weaver
Funeral services for Paul Weaver, 74, of West Monroe, were held Monday, May, 9, at Kilpatrick Funeral Home in West Monroe with Rev. Ray Jones officiating. Interment followed at Liberty Grove Church of God Cemetery in West Monroe under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home.
Vera Be. Wilbanks
Funeral services for Vera Be. Wilbanks, 90, of West Monroe were held Tuesday, May 17, at Kilpatrick Funeral Home in West Monroe. Interment followed at Walnut Grove Cemetery.
Dorothy W. Zeagler
Funeral services for Dorothy W. Zeagler, 86, were held Sunday, May 15, at First United Methodist Church in Monroe. Interment followed at Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home.