Obituaries

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Beatrice Tramel

Beatrice Davis Tramel, 92, passed away peacefully on June 11, 2018 in Bedford, Texas. She was born in Many on May 3, 1926 to Willie Seldon Davis and Lucy Sibley Davis. “Ms. Bea,” as she was affectionately known, graduated from Many High School in 1943. After graduation, she worked at People’s State Bank where Mr. Johnny Blake and Mr. Murray Jordan served as an inspiration to her for the rest of her life. She and her husband founded ABC Finance Company in Many, where she worked for many years. She was an avid bridge player and a member of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and the American Legion Auxiliary. She was a lifetime member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Many. She loved working in her yard and was so proud when she received the “Yard of the Month” award. Her devotion was first and foremost to her family. She always had an open door and an open heart for anyone who needed her.

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Kathy Manshack

Kathy Edwina Manshack, 58, of Converse passed away June 15, 2018 at Willis-Knighton Pierremont. A memorial service was held June 19 at Henrietta Congregational Methodist Church in Converse. The Rev. Charles Clark officiated. She was born on April 1, 1960 in Durant, Oklahoma to Elmer “Slim” Collier and Lela Geneva Metcalf. She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers. She is survived by her husband of 21 years, Joe Glen “Hoppy” Manshack; children, Katrina Lilley and husband, Jeff, of Cypress Texas, Rusty Tolley, Kristi Tolley of Converse, Juston Tolley of Noble, Jessica Tolley of Pelican, Joe Manshack Jr., and wife, Adina, of Many, Sondra Manshack, of Converse, and Holly Manshack of Converse; siblings, Larry Collier and wife, Renna, of Calera, Oklahoma, Glenda Turnbull of Kemp, Oklahoma, Jeannie Norris, and husband, Tooty, of Calera, Oklahoma, Gerald Collier of Platter, Oklahoma, and Sandy Taylor of Colbert, Oklahoma; 13 grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

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Peggy Bruce

Peggy Blackwell Bruce, 79, was born March 11, 1939 in Sabine Parish. She passed away Friday, June 15, 2018 peacefully in her home. She graduated Valedictorian of Negreet High School in 1957 and was All District and All State basketball player 1954-1957. She attended Northwestern State University before transferring to McNeese State University and graduated there in 1960. She obtained her certification in Counseling and Guidance and Master Plus 30 in 1975. Peggy was passionate about teaching and was born with a heart for giving to and helping others. She retired in 1994 with 33 years work experience in education. She touched many lives through her years of teaching and counseling in her career as an educator. After retirement she continued working, buying and selling real estate with her husband. She was a smart businesswomen and loved a good bargain. She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Leoda Blackwell; brother, Robert Blackwell; and nephew, Robert “Bo” Blackwell.

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George Ross

Funeral services for George M. Ross, 71, of Belmont, were held June 14 at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverends Glen Howard and John Lewing II officiating. Burial followed in the St. John The Baptist Catholic Cemetery. He was born on Monday, October 21, 1946 in Sabine Parish, and passed away on Friday, June 8, 2018 in Belmont. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene Ross and Ruby Agnes Robinson; and grandparents, Coda Robinson and Pearl Wagley Robinson. He is survived by his wife, Barbara M. Ross of Belmont; daughter, Mandy Ross of Belmont; brother, Daniel E. Ross and wife, Timmes, of Fredericksburg, Virginia; grandchildren, Cole Campbell of Belmont, Jon Austin Sims of Belmont, Georgia Delana Sims of Belmont and Montana Bree Sims of Belmont; nieces and nephews, Jon Ross, Jenny Ross and Sarah Ross all of Virginia; along with a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

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Etoyce Free

Funeral services honoring the life of Alda Etoyce “Nanny” Free, 86, were held June 16 at Spring Ridge Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill with the Reverends Marshall Ingle, Danny Forsythe, John Harp, and Hoye Leach officiating. Burial followed at Spring Ridge Cemetery in Pleasant Hill. She was born September 8, 1931, in Pleasant Hill to Willie Jack and Lela Litton Brown and passed away on June 14, 2018 in Shreveport. She was an insurance agent for KilPatrick Insurance Company for many years where she made many friends throughout her career. She was a loving mother, and grandmother. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Loy M. “Pappy” Free, Sr.; brothers, Cloyd Brown and Troyce Brown; niece, Kay Brown; and great grandsons, Landon Parks and Jason Cryer. Those left behind to cherish her memory are her son, Loy “Buddy” Free, Jr.

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Catherine Simpson

Long time resident of Sabine Parish, Catherine Simpson, died on June 5, 2018 at the age of 95 She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Simpson; two sisters; and her brother. She is survived by her daughter, Dixie Ebarb; grandchildren, Cathy Sharp and Jim Ebarb; and great grandchildren

 

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Bobbie Nell McDonald

Funeral services honoring the life of Cordelia “Bobbie Nell” McDonald were held June 10, at Mitchell Baptist Church in the Mitchell Community. The Reverends Bobby Russell, Pastor of Mitchell Baptist Church, and Waylon Gauntt officiated. Burial followed in the Cassell Cemetery in Converse. She was born June 28, 1944, in Converse to Howard Roberts and Dorothy Roberts Dykes. She passed away June 7, 2018, at her home in Converse. Bobbie Nell worked as an LPN for Dr. Donald Taylor for over 29 years in Mansfield. She was also a member of the Mitchell Baptist Church. Bobbie Nell loved being “Mimi” to Chance, her grandson. She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years John E. “Buddy” McDonald; parents, Howard Roberts and Dorothy Dykes; son, John E. McDonald, Jr.; and brother, Kenneth Roberts. She is survived by her son, R. W. and wife, Helen McDonald; grandson, Chance McDonald; sister, Betty and husband, Gene Phillips; brother, Robert L. Dykes; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Irene Allen

Funeral services for Irene O. Allen, 85, of Many were held June 9 at Trinity Baptist Church with Bros. Truman Leach and Bro. Leon Manshack officiating. Burial followed in the Ft. Jesup Cemetery. She was born on Thursday, September 15, 1932 in Many and passed away on Monday, June 4, 2018 in Shreveport. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Allen; parents, C. D. Leach and Vertis Reece Leach; and sister, Lanell Sharbino.

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William Combs

Funeral services celebrating the life of William David Combs were held June 8 at Toledo Bend Church of Christ in Many with the Rev. Kenny Carter officiating. Interment followed in the Toledo Bend Christian Cemetery. He was born on December 28, 1934 to Everett Combs and Ruby Nelson Combs. He went to be with his Lord and Savior on June 4, 2018 at the age of 83. He was one of our honored Army veterans. He was preceded in death by his parents, Everett and Ruby Nelson Combs. He is survived by his wife, Barbara McDonald Combs of Zwolle; sons, Richard Combs of Lake Charles and Terrell Combs and wife, Brenda of Fisher; daughter Amber Combs of Zwolle; step-daughter, Traci Frasier and husband, David, of Haughton; sister, Mary Schrader of Fort Wayne, Indiana; brother, Tom Combs and wife, Diane, of Shawnee, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Jason Combs, Jennifer Johnson, Dexter Reed, Trent Reed, Stormy Wooley and Rocky Wooley; and great-grandchildren, Alexis, Baylee, Peyten, Paislee, Kynlee and Layken.

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Harold Knippers

Funeral services for Harold R. Knippers, 81, of Hornbeck were held June 9 at Grace Assembly in Hornbeck. Burial followed in the Knippers Hill Family Cemetery, under the direction of Labby Memorial Funeral Home of Leesville. He was born on May 8, 1937, in Many, and passed away on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Alexandria. He was preceded in death by his parents, Haywood and Jennie Mitchell Knippers; brothers, Charles Knippers and Edward Dewayne Knippers. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Martha Howard Knippers of Hornbeck; daughters, Rita Hollis and husband, Larry, and Tammie Kay Knippers both of Hornbeck; brother, Bobbie Knippers of Hornbeck; sister, Margurite Ruthford of Hornbeck; grandchildren, Lindsey DesJardins and husband, Devin, Lacy Parker and husband, Kade, Noel Gregory and J.J., and Torri Hollis; great-grandchildren, Kandon, Ava, Rylan, Maci, Easton, Harper, Reid, Grace; and fur babies, Booty and BoBo.

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