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Matthew Porter

Graveside services for Matthew Porter, 90, of Many, were held on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at Fort Jesup Cemetery with Bro. Winston Hodge officiating.

Matthew Porter was born on Tuesday, January 7, 1930 in Plant City, Florida. He passed away on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at VA Medical Center in Alexandria. He was preceded in death by his wife, Geneva Hodge Porter; parents, Ivy Porter and Sarah (Grice) Porter; brother, James Porter; and sister, Frances Lewis. Mr. Porter served in the Army for twenty-three years. He was a

Mr. Porter served in the Army for twenty-three years. He was a Veteran of the Korean War. Receiving many medals through out his military career including the Purple Heart. Mr. Porter retired as a Sergeant First Class. He served many years as a Mason in the Masonic Lodge in Noble.

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John Allen Martinez, Jr.

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John Allen Martinez, Jr.

John Martinez, Jr. was born January 3, 1980 in Landstuhl, Germany. The child of an Air Force airman, his childhood was spent in Germany, New Mexico, California, Turkey, and Louisiana. He and his siblings, Kelly, Corina and Glenn, had many places they called home, but eventually settled in Zwolle. He earned a Certified Nurses’ Assistant degree and worked on other trades at Natchitoches Technical School. During his time in Natchitoches, he met Melanie Melancon, of Shreveport, and they married on April 13, 2001 in Zwolle. John Allen, as his family lovingly referred to him, and Melanie had four sons: twins, John Allen, III (Trey) and Caleb Michael, Noah Anthony, and Patrick Ryan Martinez.

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Patricia Ann Wilson Thomas

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Patricia Ann Wilson Thomas

Mrs. Patricia Ann Wilson Thomas, a prominent figure in service organizations and social, cultural and philanthropic activities in Natchitoches and across North Louisiana for more than 50 years, died the morning of Saturday, March 21, 2020, after an extended illness.

Admired for her elegance and graceful demeanor, Mrs. Thomas was widely known for her artistic skills and talents. She was an accomplished seamstress, musician, decorator and culinary artist. The designer dresses she created over the years were often exhibited at gatherings of social organizations and other groups.

She had also been actively involved since 1967 in publishing enterprises with her husband and business partner, Lovan B. Thomas. They own The Natchitoches Times and other newspapers and publications throughout the state.

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Mary Elizabeth “ Liz” Jett

Mary Elizabeth “ Liz” Jett

Funeral services honoring the life of Mary Elizabeth “ Liz” Jett were held on Monday, March 16, 2020 at Union Springs Baptist Church in Converse with Bro. Charles “Chucky” Clark officiating.

Liz was born on February 20, 1967 in Greenville, Mississippi to William and Mary Ann Ryan. She entered into rest on March 13, 2020 in Many.

She was preceded in death by her father, William “Butch” Ryan; brother, Bubba Ryan, and her grandparents.

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Agnes Pauline Brown

Agnes Pauline Brown

Funeral services for Agnes Pauline Brown, 93, of Hornbeck, were held on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at Pleasant View Baptist Church with Rev. John Lewing II and Rev. Buddy Airhart officiating. Burial followed in the Prewitts Chapel Cemetery.

Agnes Pauline Brown was born on Thursday, June 3, 1926 in Peason, Louisiana. She passed away on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ephriam William Bridges and Mina (Chance) Bridges; husband, Olvin Brown; sister, (baby) Mary Bridges; brother, Lee Bridges; sister, Audrey Brown Potter; sonin-law, Malcolm Cole; brothers-in-law, Murrell Jacobs and Buddy Waller.

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Dannon Luke Peterson

Dannon Luke Peterson

Memorial services were held for Mr. Dannon Luke Peterson, on Saturday, March 14, 2020 in Martin & Castille’s La Fleur de Lis Chapel in Lafayette. Dannon passed away Monday, March 9, 2020 in Houston, Texas.

Reverend Michael Delcambre, Pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Broussard conducted the funeral services. Assisting with the service was Brother Wilton “Tony” Anthony, Pastor of Siloam Baptist Church of Many.

Survivors include his sons, Major Jay Peterson and Gage Griffin Peterson and their mother, Kelly Griffin Peterson; parents, Mr. Billy Joe and Mrs. Barbara Peterson; sisters, Shaunda Peterson Johnson and her husband Trey; Tonya Peterson Borill and her husband Josh; nieces and nephews, Jake Johnson, Payton Johnson, Reese Cortez, Rhyan Borill and Hayes Borill.

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Verna Leone

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Verna Leone

Funeral services for Verna Leone, 95, of Zwolle, were held on Friday, March 6, 2020 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Francis Kamau and Father John Paul Crispin officiating. Burial followed in the St. Joseph Cemetery.

Verna was a lifelong resident of Zwolle and passed away March 3, 2020 at Garden Park Nursing home in Shreveport. She was born February 23, 1925. Verna was one of fourteen children born to Sevado and Frances Leone. She was a life time member of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Zwolle. She was last employed at Garan Sewing Factory in Many.

Verna was preceded in death by her parents, Sevado and Frances Leone; sisters, Wanda Leone and Clara Sepulvado; brothers, Herman, Frank, J. W., Bill, John, Clyde and Oliver Leone.

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Rebecca Ann Stephenson

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Rebecca Ann Stephenson

Funeral services for Rebecca Stephenson, 77, of Many, were held on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at First Baptist Church of Zwolle with Rev. Jerry Penfield, Rev. Marty Williams and Rev. William Smith officiating. Burial followed in the Aimwell Cemetery.

Rebecca Ann Stephenson was born on Sunday, September 20, 1942. She passed away on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at in Shreveport. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Vernon Stephenson; parents, Risdon and Elsa Wood; son, Christopher Stephenson; her daughter, Wendy Stephenson.

She is survived by her grandson, Michael Stephenson of Natchitoches; granddaughter, Stormie Derr of Interlachen, Florida; great granddaughter, Kira Derr of Interlachen, Florida; brothers, Risdon Wood of Brevard, North Carolina and William Wood of Monroe; along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.warrenmeadows.com

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Hubert Eugene “Gene” Johnson

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Hubert Eugene “Gene” Johnson

Hubert was born November 24,1932 in Amarillo, Texas to Hubert Henry Johnson and Dollie Lee Cameron Johnson and entered into rest on February 29, 2020. He served honorably in the United States Army.

Funeral service were held at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Many with Brother Jimmie Glover officiating. Interment followed at Lakeview Cemetery in Noble.

Mr. Johnson served several years as a police officer and then went on to work proudly as a school janitor. He was loved by many and loved all of his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all of his family.

Preceding Gene in death were his parents, daughters, Rose Seals, Georgia Brown, and Shirley Ketchum; son, Ervin Campbell; son-in-law, Al Pickard; and daughter-in-law, Sandy Campbell.

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JoNell Lum Campbell

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JoNell Lum Campbell

Funeral services honoring the life of JoNell Lum Campbell, 75, were held on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at Rose-Neath Chapel in Mansfield with Rev. Simmons, Rev. Wead, and Bro. McManus officiating. Burial followed at Union Springs Cemetery in Converse.

Mrs. Campbell was born in Converse to Willard A. Lum and Syble Booker Lum Smith. She passed away at Christus Highland Medical Center in Shreveport with family by her side. JoNell was a member of the United Pentecostal Church in Noble for 56 years.

She was a graduate of Converse High School and resided in Union Springs Community in Converse. She was an owner of Toledo Bend Realty and K.L. Campbell Enterprises. God gave her a special musical talent that she loved to use for the glory of God. She served as pianist at Noble United Pentecostal Church. She enjoyed time spent with her family during the holidays and other family gatherings, especially with grandchildren.

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