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Bobbye Gooch

A gathering of family and friends for Bobbye Horn Gooch, 83, of Moss Bluff will be held Saturday, February 10 at 1 p.m. at the Belmont Fellowship Hall. Graveside services will follow at the Belmont Cemetery with Bro. Glynn Howard officiating. Bobbye graduated in 1952 from Belmont High School. She was a member of the girl’s basketball team; playing and winning many ball games. She worked for many years at the old Fraser Hospital and later at the Many pharmacy with Paul and John Gewin. She passed away December 17, 2017 at her home in Moss Bluff after a long illness in the care and watchful eye of her loving son, Dennis Mitchell formally of Many. She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman Gooch; parents, Clifton and Malva Carter Horn; son Chris Mitchell; daughter, Diane Serrett; sisters, Merlene Horn, Lynn Horn Oxley, and Janice Horn Westfall; and brothers, Gene Horn and Richard Horn.

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James Napier

Funeral services for James Napier, 68, of Zwolle were held February 4 at First Baptist Church of Zwolle with the Rev. Jerry Penfield officiating. Burial followed in the Sardis Cemetery. He was born Thursday, November 24, 1949 in Zwolle, and passed away on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 in Zwolle. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Olynn Napier and Margaret Louise Drake Napier. He is survived by his wife, Karen Teasley Napier of Zwolle; children, Larisa Elder and husband, Lee, of Spring Hill, Tennessee, Kimberly Cox and husband, Jeremy, of Douglasville, Georgia, Jack Napier and Sissy Lewis of Zwolle, Melynda Cantrell and husband, Rudy, of Zwolle, Nina Alleyne and husband, Joe, of San Clemente, California, and Kaitlyn Napier of Zwolle; sisters, Margaret Gwinner of Katy, Texas and Jane Ramos and husband, Santos, of Killington, Vermont; special family member, B. J. Britt of Zwolle; 17 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; along with several nieces, nephews and friends.

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The Rev. Winston Perry Lowe

Funeral services for Rev. Winston Perry Lowe, 94, of Many were held January 31, at Many Church of the Nazarene with the Reverends Daniel Lowe, Chuck Fountain, and James Ericson officiating. Burial followed in the Friendship Nazarene Cemetery. He was born Saturday, August 25, 1923, in Minden, and he ascended into heaven Sunday, January 28, 2018, at his home in Many. The Rev. Lowe served as a pastor in the Church of the Nazarene for over 50 years. His pastorates included Pine Island; Blanchard; Willingboro, New Jersey; Marksville; Friendship; Crowley and Natchitoches. After he retired from full-time ministry, he served for several years as associate pastor in Many. He served as treasurer of the Louisiana District Church of the Nazarene for 40 years, and was a member of the Louisiana District Advisory Board for several years. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army Air Corp. in Italy and Panama. He was a man who loved God, his family, his church, and his country.

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Marshall Dewveall

Marshall G Dewveall, 67, passed away suddenly but peacefully at his home on Toledo Bend Lake on January 27, 2018. He was cremated, by his wishes, under the prearranged direction of Magnolia Funeral Home in Alexandria. He was preceded in death by his parents, Slats and Mildred Dewveall, along with his brothers Kenneth “Keno” and William “Bill” Dewveall. Survivors include his only niece Meredith Dewveall LeBlanc and spouse, William; their daughter Catelyn Tullier and fiancé, David Landry; their son, Logan Tullier and fiancée, Sadie Laine; sole greatgreat nephew, Rhett Preston Landry; and several friends at Toledo Bend Resort and Pirates cove marina. A celebration of life is pending and will be announced by at a later date. Although we must grieve for his loss, he was adamant in pronouncing that he did not wish people to be unhappy. To extend online condolences please visit magnoliafuneralhome.com.

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Pattie Britner

Funeral services for Pattie June Hippler Britner, 54, of Many were held February 3 at Beulah Baptist Church with the Rev. Kenneth Leach, Sr. officiating. Burial followed in the Beulah Cemetery. It is with great sadness that the family of Pattie announces her passing after a lengthy illness. She was a loving mother to her two daughters and grandmother to her three precious grandchildren. She will forever be remembered for her kindness and wit. She was born Thursday, November 7, 1963 in Zwolle, and passed away Tuesday, January 30, 2018 in Mansfield. She was preceded in death by her mother, Betty Jo Freeman Hippler; father, John Raymond Hippler, Sr.; and brother, Timothy Wade Hippler.

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Rodney Messick

Rodney Joseph Messick died of natural causes with his wife, Lezlee, and beloved dog, Bob Marley, at his side in his home near Zwolle on January 24, 2018. All who knew Rodney thought of him as a kind soul. This obvious character trait displayed itself in many ways. Foremost, Rodney cared deeply for his family. He and Lezlee had a truly loving relationship, working through life’s struggles and joys, always together. While Rodney and Lezlee had no children together, Rodney opened their home his heart and home to Lezlee’s son, Caleb, and Caleb’s son, Zachary. Rodney and Lezlee also often opened their home to extended winter visits by Lezlee’s parents. His heart was open to all family and friends. Rodney’s career choice as an X-ray technician gave him the opportunity to serve others for 30 years. He loved his work, the people with whom he worked, and especially the act of helping others. Rodney was highly regarded in the work place.

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Bernice Williams

Funeral services honoring the life of Bernice Ross Freeman Williams, 92, were held January 28 at Rose-Neath Chapel in Mansfield with the Rev. Beth Sentell officiating. Burial followed at Rockdale Cemetery. She was born on June 12, 1925 to James and Eula Ross, and entered into rest on January 26, 2018. She was preceded in death by her first husband and father of her two children, Silas Jefferson “Jeff” Freeman; second husband, G.R. Williams; parents; her sisters, Evelyn Ross, Katherine Derrick, Alma Edwards, and Mable Ross; and brothers, E.C. Ross, Cecil “Doc” Ross, and William “Bill” Ross.

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Eula “Sherry” Dennis

Eula “Sherry” Frances Dickey Dennis slipped away peacefully in her sleep to her heavenly home on January 26, 2018, in Natchitoches following an extended illness. Her husband, Jack Raymond Dennis passed recently. Mrs. Dennis was born in Cattina, West Virginia, and moved with her family to Central Louisiana during her early childhood. She enjoyed retirement with her husband having lived 40 plus years on Toledo Bend Lake. They both enjoyed the outdoors and were avid fishermen. Jack’s career took him overseas where she enjoyed living in Israel for two years and in the Dominican Republic for over a year. She had a true green thumb, and enjoyed gardening immensely. She was the owner of a hothouse garden business for a time. Her other interests and passions included crafting and cooking. While in good health, Mrs.

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Mary Moore

Graveside services celebrating the life of Mary Florence Moore were held on January 24 at Bethsaida Cemetery in Many with Brother Jimmie Price officiating. Mrs. Mary Florence Moore was born on February 19, 1921 to Peter and Mattie Dora Falcon Leone. She entered into rest on January 21, 2018 at the blessed age of 96. Mary was blessed with 11 children who were her pride and joy. Mary always put their needs before hers and was devoted to her husband and family. Her name was Mary Florence, but most knew her as Florence or Sister. She had a green thumb and her flower garden was always beautiful. She made a home in Norfolk, Virginia and returned to Vernon Parish in 1947. She moved back to Sabine Parish in 1950 to Zwolle to live on Russell Road in Bayou Scie Community. Now Mary will rest in Bethsaida Cemetery beside her husband, Willie Moore.

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Bernice Williams

Funeral services honoring the life of Bernice Ross Freeman Williams, 92, were held January 28 at Rose-Neath Chapel in Mansfield with the Rev. Beth Sentell officiating. Burial followed at Rockdale Cemetery. She was born on June 12, 1925 to James and Eula Ross, and entered into rest on January 26, 2018. She was preceded in death by her first husband and father of her two children, Silas Jefferson “Jeff” Freeman; second husband, G.R. Williams; parents; her sisters, Evelyn Ross, Katherine Derrick, Alma Edwards, and Mable Ross; and brothers, E.C. Ross, Cecil “Doc” Ross, and William “Bill” Ross.

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