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Paul Vernon Baker

Paul Vernon Baker, 94, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at Christus Grace Home in Shreveport after a short illness. He was born September 16, 1923 in Labette, Kansas. Funeral services were held April 20 at Aimwell Baptist Church in Zwolle.

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Harold Douglas Tilley Sr.

Funeral services for Harold Douglas Tilley Sr., 81, of Many were held April 18 at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dean Crittenden officiating. Burial followed in the Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Leesville. He was born Sunday, August 2, 1936 in Plainview, Texas, and passed away Saturday, April 14, 2018 in Many.

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Marilyn Dilley

Marilyn Ella Dilley, 74, of Hemphill, Texas passed away Friday, April 13, 2018 at Cabrini hospital in Alexandria. She was born December 10, 1943 in Cassville, Missouri to Lena and Loren H. Wallace, both preceded her in death. She married Allen Dilley on August 11 1963 and he preceded her in death in 2006. She was a U.S. Air Force spouse for 20 years and upon retirement she and her husband settled in Hemphill. She served in the VFW Auxiliary in Many for 14 years. She worked for and retired from the hospital in Many. After getting restless at home, she went to work for Hemphill Fuel Stop (Valero), baking cakes and pies and working in the deli. She was a devoted Christian and member of New Hope Baptist Church in Milam, Texas. She is survived by her daughter, Jennifer Pierce of Shreveport; son, Rusty Dilley of Hemphill; and sister, Kay Campbell and husband, Terry of Monett, Missouri. Memorial services were held April 19 at 6 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church in Milam.

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Allen Ross

Funeral services celebrating the life of Allen “Tink” Ross were held April 14 at Beulah Baptist Church in Many with the Rev. Kenneth Leach officiating. “Tink” was born on January 2, 1915 to James and Eula Ross, and went to be with his Lord and Savior on April 11, 2018 at the age of 103. He was preceded in death by his parents; Willie Mae Ross, his spouse of 77 years; son, Oscar Ross; brothers, Cecil Ross, E.C. Ross and William “Bill” Ross; and sisters, Alma Edwards, Mabel Ross, Katherine Derrick, Bernice Williams and Evelyn Ross.

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Cecil H. Brumley

“My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.” Psalm 62:7 Services celebrating the life of Cecil H. Brumley were held at April 21 at First Baptist Church in Converse with the Reverends Glenn Bezerra, Gary Hanberry and Jonathan Hanberry officiating. Mr. Brumley was born March 26, 1921 in Many to Ella Dew and Walter Houston Brumley and entered into rest on April 17, 2018 in Gonzales surrounded by his family. He was a resident of Sabine Parish the majority of his life. After the war he moved to Converse and resided there until 2016 when he moved to Baton Rouge to be closer to family and in 2018 he moved to Gonzales where he resided until his homegoing. He served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army Signal Corp. While stationed stateside and later in Hawaii, he helped to capture and decode Japanese messages. He proudly shared with family and friends the memories of those duties throughout his life. Mr.

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Jimmie Cook

Funeral Services for Jimmie W. Cook, 61, of Coppell, Texas, will be held Saturday, April 21 at 1 p.m. at Warren Meadows Funeral Home in Many with the Rev. Tom Harrison officiating. Burial will follow in the Florien Cemetery. Visitation will begin on Saturday, April 21, at 11 a.m. at Warren Meadows Funeral Home in Many. He was born on Friday, January 25, 1957 in Many, and passed away on Friday, April 13, 2018 in Shreveport. He was preceded in death by his father, James R. Cook, Sr. and daughter, Chelsea Cook. He is survived by his son, Kelby B. Cook of Shreveport; mother, Nellie Hopkins Cook of Florien; sister, Gwenda C. Jones of Dover, Tennessee; brothers, Michael L. Cook and wife, Diane of Saraland, Alabama, and James R. Cook, Jr. and wife, Lisa of Shreveport; grandchildren, Destiny and Kelsey; along with nieces, nephews and a host of good friends. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.warrenmeadows.com

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Allen Ross

Funeral services celebrating the life of Allen “Tink” Ross were held April 14 at Beulah Baptist Church in Many with the Rev. Kenneth Leach officiating. “Tink” was born on January 2, 1915 to James and Eula Ross, and went to be with his Lord and Savior on April 11, 2018 at the age of 103. He was preceded in death by his parents; Willie Mae Ross, his spouse of 77 years; son, Oscar Ross; brothers, Cecil Ross, E.C. Ross and William “Bill” Ross; and sisters, Alma Edwards, Mabel Ross, Katherine Derrick, Bernice Williams and Evelyn Ross.

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“B.J.” Orchid

Bill J. “B.J.” Orchid passed away on April 11, 2018, in Port Arthur, Texas. He was born in Amity, Arkansas on September 30, 1933, he was the son of Eunice and Carl Orchid. He graduated from Clarks High School in Clarks in 1953. He was a well-known high school athlete, particularly a baseball catcher. Mr. Orchid declined an athletic scholarship to Northwestern State University and instead enlisted in September 1953 in the U.S. Army. He spent 16 months in Korea as an artilleryman and served until 1956, attaining the rank of sergeant. He also spent time in the Army Reserves. During his break between basic training and advanced infantry training in 1953 he took time to marry his high school sweetheart, Helen Small. They remained an inseparable couple for 64 years. Mr. Orchid was a devout Christian. He was ordained a Deacon in 1969 at the Alford Heights Baptist Church in Many. In Many, Mr. Orchid was active in many community organizations.

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Michael Wedgeworth

Funeral services for Michael Paul Wedgeworth, 69, of Many were held April 11 at Oak Hill Baptist Church. Burial followed in the Oak Hill Cemetery. He was born on Monday, May 31, 1948 in Many, and passed away on Monday, April 9, 2018 in Shreveport. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wiley Paul Wedgeworth and Jewell Kelly Wedgeworth; and his brother, Ricky Wedgeworth. He is survived by his wife, Diana Blanchard Wedgeworth of Many; son, Gary Thomas Jr. and wife, Paula, of Many; grandchildren, Garrett Thomas of Austin, Texas, Gabe Thomas of San Diego, California and Grace Thomas of Shreveport; sisters, Sharon Montang of Many, Charlene McCormic of Many, Phillis Greer of Many, Marsha Cormier of Many and Sonia Doucet of Many; along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends. Pallbearers were Dennis McGaha, Barry Goss, Dennis Dzieken, Ronnie Bison, Dan Haigh, Richard Martone Jr., Jerrad Bragg and Dan Cormier.

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Ricky Evans

A memorial service honoring the life of Richard “Ricky” H. Evans, Sr., 71, was held April 13, at Rose-Neath’s Chapel in Mansfield with the Reverends Chucky Clark and Glenn Bezerra officiating. Ricky was born March 18, 1947, in Converse to Lillian Krousel and S.B. Evans, Sr. and entered into rest on April 11, 2018, in Converse. He lived his entire life in Converse. He was a well-known businessman in the area and a loyal family man. He was preceded in death by his parents, and B.G. Lewis. Those left behind to cherish his memory is his wife of 49 years, Rachel Evans of Converse; son, Richard H. Evans, Jr. of Shreveport; daughters, Teri Lea Evans of Austin, Texas, and Toni Ann Evans and Brad Dudley of Dallas, Texas; brother, Sidney “Sonny” Evans, Jr. and wife, Evelyn, of Natchitoches; grandchildren, Sela Hinkhouse and Samuel Hinkhouse; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Sid B.

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