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Norma J. Rachal

Norma J. Rachal, 79, of Vidor went peacefully while at home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Norma was born on November 1, 1934 in Trinity, Texas. She was the first daughter of five children of the late Helen Beatrice Bacon and Herbert Thea Gilbert. A native of Trinity, Texas, she had lived in Vidor for 57 years and was a homemaker. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 4, 2014 at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Burial followed at Restlawn Memorial Park in Vidor. Visitation began at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Memorial Funeral Home. Norma was preceded in death by her parents, brother Herbert Gilbert, Jr., and granddaughter Amy Diane Williamson. Norma is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 58 years, Joseph Herman Rachal, daughter, Regana Williamsonand  husband, Clyde, all of Vidor, brothers, Chester Arnold Gilbert and wife, Marilyn of Cypress, Texas, and Russell Gilbert
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Joseph Wilbert “J.W.” Leone

Joseph Wilbert “J.W.” Leone, 79, of Georgetown, Texas, passed away on Saturday, April 5, 2014. He was born on August  1, 1934 in Zwolle to parents Sevado and Frances (Rivers) Leone. Preceding him in death are his brothers, Wilbert,  liver,
Clyde, Herman and John and sisters, Clara and Wanda. He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Leone; children, Darlene
Leone, Randy Leone, Ron Reed, Tracy Bunch and Valli Ghanthous; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters,
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Ezernack, Rivers to unite

Lexington Rivers breathed a sigh of relief when Lindsey Ezernack said, “YES!” Ezernack and Rivers will make it official on
Friday, April 11, during a private ceremony. Ezernack, a graduate of Ayers College with a pharmacy tech degree, is the daughter of Ronald Ray “Bo” and Lisa Armstrong Ezernack.
 
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Caleb Lee

Funeral services for Caleb Lee, 5, of Zwolle, were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at New Freedom  Fellowship Church in Zwolle with the Rev. Dean Hillman officiating. Burial followed in the New Freedom Fellowship Cemetery in Zwolle. Visitation was held on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, beginning at 6 p.m. at New Freedom Fellowship Church in Zwolle. Caleb Lee was born on Monday, Aug. 11, 2008, in Shreveport. He passed away on Thursday, March 27, 2014, at L.S.U. Medical Center in Shreveport. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Earline 
Teater. He is survived by his mother, Pamela Teater Lee of Zwolle; father, Doug Lee of Zwolle; sister, Hilary Neel of Zwolle; brothers, Myles Burr and Tanner Burr both of Zwolle; maternal grandfather,  Tommy Teater of Zwolle; paternal grandmother, Fay Lee of Zwolle; along with a host of friends. Pallbearers were Doug Lee, Joe Pat Lee, Jason Lee, David 
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Charles Alanceson Raines

Charles Alanceson Raines (1928-2014), writer, scholar, educator, and Southern gentleman, died on Feb. 4, 2014,
at his home in upstate New York. Mr. Raines was a graduate of Centenary College and Tulane University. He taught
English at Centenary and at the City College of New York on Staten Island. In addition to his wife, Kathleen Ordway-Raines, he is survived by his one son, Dr. Robert Charles Bozeman Raines, and wife, Kathleen McCutcheon Raines, of Bluemont, Va.; four grandsons, Dallas Alanceson, Devon Mc- Cutcheon, Max Devereaux and Charles Bozeman, and two
brothers, Harold Raines of Marshall, Texas, and Quinton Raines of New York City. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lillian Dudley Raines and Hoyt E. Raines. Remembered for his gentle nature and quick wit, once in a classroom, he listed a series of events from the life of Shakespeare on the board. A hand shot up from a  radeobsessed
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Gloria Lyn Martinez

A memorial service honoring the life of Gloria Lyn Martinez, 63, of Zwolle was held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 in the Rose- Neath Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Cyle Clayton officiated. Lyn was born on January 15, 1951, in Fairfield, Calif. She entered into eternal rest on March 29, 2014, at Lifecare Hospital in Shreveport. She was preceded in death by
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Joseph “Joe” LeDoux

Funeral services for Joseph “Joe” LeDoux, 76, of Many were held at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 3, 2014, at the Labby Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Leesville with the Rev. Daniel Lowe officiating. Burial followed in the Central Louisiana
Veterans Cemetery, under the direction of Labby Memorial Funeral Home of Leesville. Visitation was held Wednesday, April 2, from 5-8 p.m., and on Thursday, April 3, from 9 a.m. until service time in the chapel. Joe, the son of Leno and
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Merthia Jr. Hardin

Hardin, Merthia, Jr., (known as Jr.) 73, of Many, departed this life March 14, 2014. He was preceded in death by his mother, Edna Thames; father, Merthia Hardin, Sr.; stepfather, Homer Thames; and brother, Michael Thames, all from Union, Miss.. Jr. retired from Gulf Industries, Inc., in Shreveport after more than 20 years of service. Jr. loved living in Many  and he especially loved fishing at Teledo Bend. He is survived by six children, who live in Chicago, Ill., Richmond, VA and Memphis, TN, seven grandchildren, one niece, a good friend, Stan Vines, and a host of other relatives and friends. Family members will be at Jr’s home in Many on April 13, 2014 for condolenses. A private memorial service will be held for Jr. in his  hometown, Union, Miss., in May 2014.
 
 
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Mattie Pauline Mizell

Funeral services for Mattie Pauline Mizell, 99, of Many were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at Mt. Olive
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Monica Lynn Ebarb

A funeral mass honoring the life of Monica Lynn Ebarb, 52, of Noble, was held at 2 p.m.on Monday, March 31, 2014, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Father Ken Williams and Father Joe Martina officiated. Interment followed in the St. Ann Cemetery. She was born on Sept. 8, 1961, in Shreveport. She entered into eternal rest at her residence after a courageous battle with cancer on March 27, 2014. Monica was preceded in death by her parents, J.T. and Rosie Procell

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