Obituaries

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Deborah (Debbie) Russell Gunter

Deborah (Debbie) Russell Gunter

Funeral services for Deborah Gunter, 67, of Many, Louisiana, will be held on Monday, May 23, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at Bethsadia Baptist Church with Bro. Hulen Warren and Rev. Jim Manning officiating. Burial will follow in the Bayou Scie Cemetery in Zwolle, Louisiana. Friends and family are welcome to begin Debbie’s celebration of life at Visitation on Monday, May 23, 2022, at 10:30 at Bethsadia Baptist Church, Many, Louisiana.

Debbie was born on October 5, 1954 in Shreveport, Louisiana. She passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, May 21, 2022 in Many, Louisiana. Debbie was a beloved mother, daughter, sister, friend and a DeeDee to many. Debbie was also a local business owner – she was proprietor and jeweler of Russell’s Jewelry, where she worked for more than 50 years. Her creativity did not end with her career. In her spare time, she was an avid quilter with the Sew Crafty Quilters, loved to bake and decorate cakes, and find (and possibly finish) a new craft project.

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Glynda Ezernack Meshell

Glynda Ezernack Meshell

Glynda Meshell, 70, of Zwolle, Louisiana entered into eternal rest on May 16, 2022 at her residence.

A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. with a Rosary beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, 2022 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Many, Louisiana. Funeral services honoring the life of Glynda will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 20, 2022 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Zwolle, Louisiana. Officiating the service will be Fr. Keith Garvin. Interment will be held in the church cemetery.

Glynda, born June 13, 1951 to Abram Ezernack and Lela Meshell Ezernack, being the firstborn girl, baby sister was the pride and joy of her 5 older brothers. She was raised Catholic and faithfully prayed the rosary.

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Bobbie May Harper

Bobbie May Harper

Funeral services for Bobbie Harper, 85, of Many, LA, will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 2:00 PM at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Wayne Chance officiating. Burial will follow in the Ft. Jesup Cemetery. Visitation will begin on Friday, May 20, 2022, at 6:00 PM at Warren Meadows Funeral Home, Many, LA.

Bobbie Harper was born on Tuesday, August 4, 1936 in Tenaha, TX. She passed away on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at Sabine Retirement & Rehabilitation Center in Many, LA.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Huey P. Harper; son, Ben George Harper; son-in-law, Dr. Jack Corley; parents, George Mack May and Della (Claybrook) May; and one brother and four sisters.

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May

Adell Sills

Adell Sills

Funeral services for Adell Sills, 84, of Many, LA, will be held on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 11:00 AM at Little Flock Baptist Church with Bro. Ottis Branam and Bro. Wayne Chance officiating. Burial will follow in the Prospect Cemetery. Visitation will begin on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at 9:00 AM at Little Flock Baptist Church.

Adell Sills was born on Wednesday, April 13, 1938 in Gandy, LA. She passed away on Sunday, May 15, 2022 at Sabine Retirement & Rehabilitation Center in Many, LA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James Vincent Powell and Grace (Sandel) Powell; husband, Jim Sills; and her brothers, Calton Powell, Monroe Powell and Ezra Powell.

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May

Linda Cheryl Champion

Linda Cheryl

Linda Champion, 73, of Zwolle, Louisiana entered into eternal rest on May 14, 2022 in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Linda was born on October 29, 1948 in New Orleans, Louisiana to Mertie Mae Ebarb McKinnon.

Preceding Linda is her mother, Mertie Rosado; her husband, Jerry Champion; and her son, Slade Champion. She is survived by her stepfather, James Rosado of Oklahoma; her grandchildren, Haylee Sowell and husband Brent of Bossier City; Victoria Root and husband Zachary of Pineland, Texas; and her great-grandchildren, Slade Sowell, Annie Sowell, and Lexi Root.

Linda’s interests included gardening and working with her flowers, playing bingo, and spending time with her grandchildren, great grandchildren, extended family, and friends.

The family is honoring Ms. Linda’s wishes for her to have a private direct burial. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 307 Hammond Street, Zwolle, Louisiana 71486.

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May

Billie Doris Corley Hammond

Billie Doris Corley

Funeral services for Billie Hammond, 94, of Florien, LA, will be held on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 10:00 AM at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Matt Warren and Rev. Wayne Chance officiating. Burial will follow in the Florien Cemetery. Visitation will begin on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at 9:00 AM at Warren Meadows Funeral Home, Many, LA.

Billie Doris Corley Hammond was born on Monday, November 14, 1927 in Florien, LA. She passed away on Sunday, May 8, 2022 at Sabine Retirement & Rehabilitation Center in Many, LA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William Thomas Horton and Nancy Exa (Randolph) Horton; first husband, Willie J. (Bill) Corley, Sr.; son, Dr. Jack Corley, Jr.; son-in-law, Johnny Stephens; grandson, Brett Gardner; granddaughter, Patti Stephens; and six sisters.

She is survived by her husband, Jimmie S. Hammond; daughters, Veda Gay Corley and Christy Kay Stephens; step-daughter, Stephanie Hammond Barineau; sister,

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May

Rosalie Alford

Rosalie Alford

Rosalie departed this life on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at the age of 93. She was born December 10, 1928 to John Griffith and O’Reallye Burch Griffith in Orange, Texas.

Rosalie was preceded in death by her husband, Harold M. Alford, her parents, her sister, Thelma Jinks, and two brothers, John Henry Griffith and Walter Hark (Billy Boy) Griffith.

Left to cherish her life are two daughters, Linda G. Carmichael and husband Bob of St. Augustine Beach FL and Kay Anthony and husband Darryl of Florien LA. Three grandchildren, Taiji Carmichael (Steve), Clintt Corley (Tara), and Caroll Corley (Stefanie). Eight great grandchildren, Callee Corley, Garret McGann, McKenzie Welch, Kristian Welch, Arianna Holloway, Preston Holloway, Cannon Corley, and Sailor Corley. Also, two very special friends, Linda Wilbanks and Dale Terrell.

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Saylor Annalyn Gatti

Saylor Annalyn Gatti

On May 7, 2022, an angel gained her wings. Saylor Gatti, age 11, of Zwolle, Louisiana entered into her Heavenly home to be with her Lord and Savior.

A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. with a Rosary to begin at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2022, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Many Chapel. Funeral services honoring the life of Saylor will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 13, 2022, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Zwolle, Louisiana. Officiating the service will be Fr. Keith Garvin. Interment will be held at St. Ann’s Catholic Cemetery in Noble, Louisiana.

Saylor was born on October 4, 2010, in Natchitoches, Louisiana to Richard Thomas Gatti and Amanda Lynnette Ebarb Gatti.

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Mavis Elizabeth Skinner Stephens

Mavis Stephens of Belmont, Louisiana went home to be with the Lord at the age of 87. She was born February 22, 1935 in Belmont, Louisiana to Carl and Velma Skinner.

She graduated from Belmont High School where she was an all-state basketball player, a sport she loved and excelled in. After graduation she attended Norton Business School in Shreveport, Louisiana and spent her working years as a legal secretary. She married the love of her life, Edgar Lavon Stephens on July 7, 1956 and they were married for 50 years until the time of his death. Her major role in life began when she became a mother to her twins Karl and Kandace.

She was an active member of Pinecroft Baptist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana for many years. After moving back home to Belmont, Louisiana she continued to be an active, devoted member of Belmont Baptist Church where she grew up.

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Benjamin W. DuBose

Funeral services for Benjamin W. DuBose, 77, of Florien, LA, will be held on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 10:00 AM at Union Baptist Church, Florien, LA. with Rev. John Thompson and Rev. Rusty Silvertooth officiating. Burial will follow in the Union Baptist Cemetery. Visitation will begin on Monday, May 2, 2022, at 6:00 PM at Union Baptist Church, Florien, LA.

Benjamin W. DuBose was born on Monday, July 24, 1944 in Florien, LA. He passed away on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at Sabine Retirement & Rehabilitation Center in Many, LA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, J.O. and Reba (Ware) DuBose; brothers, Jennings DuBose, Bryan DuBose, Bill DuBose, Dave DuBose and J.O. DuBose, Jr.; sisters, Claudia Harper, Martha Byrd, Emma Jean Ballard and Mary Sue Chreene.

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