Obituaries

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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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Ronald Osborn

Ronald Osborn died on Thursday, June 7, 2018. He was born on August 24, 1942 to Larche and Lois Bamburg Osborn in Ouachita Parish. Ronnie was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne and later flew helicopters in Vietnam. After the war he worked for Brown & Root as an operator. He also worked for Texaco as a pumper. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Marilyn Spohrer Osborn; daughter, Angela Osborn of Many; son, Ronald James “RJ” Osborn of Mooringsport; grandchildren, Alex, Kelsey, Samuel, Zach, and Wyatt; sisters, Alice Coon, Wanda Silen, Marie Oswald, Julia Smith, and Eva Langley; brothers, Ray, Tommy, Percy, and Allen; and a host of nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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06
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Tessa Ezell

Funeral services celebrating the life of Tessa Lynn Ezell were held June 3 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Many6 with the Rev. Wilton Anthony officiating. She was born on August 5, 1972 to Randall Boyd Tanner and Diane Marie Burton Tanner of Baton Rouge. She went to be with her Lord and Savior on May 28, 2018 at the age of 45. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Earl Edward Tanner Sr. and Luvilla Efferson Tanner, and father, Randall B. Tanner. She is survived by her spouse, Mark Ezell of Many; sons Dustin and David Ezell of Many; daughters Shelby and husband, Wesley Knippers, of Florien and Haley Ezell of Lampasas, Texas; maternal grandparents John and Odette Burton of Baton Rouge; and grandchildren, Parker Barnhart, Tanner Barnhart, Katherine Rains and Noah Ezell. The family would like to give a very special thanks to Dr.

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06
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Marilyn Remedies

Funeral services honoring the life of Marilyn Kay Remedies were held May 31 at Rose-Neath Many Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kenneth Leach officiating. Burial followed in the St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Many. She was born on October 18, 1967 in Sabine Parish to Phillip Remedies and Leola Maxine Grantham Remedies. She entered into rest on May 24, 2018 at 50 years of age. She was preceded in death by her parents, and sister, Phyllis. She is survived by her daughters, Amber Leigh Remedies and husband, Doug Webb, of Many and Jacie Celeste Remedies of Many; sister, Pam Sanderson and husband, David, of Many; brothers, James Remedies of Many and Rodney Remedies and wife, Ginger, of Benton; and grandchildren, Bryan Bradley Webb and Morgan LeAnn Webb of Many.

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06
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James Richard Bozeman

James Richard Bozeman, M.D., 84, of Lafayette, died peacefully at home Thursday, following his customary early morning trip to Reds, the grocery store and lunch preparation as he readied for his afternoon nap. He was born on October 17, 1933 in Huntington, Texas. He was Lafayette’s first cardiothoracic surgeon, performing the city’s first open heart surgery on Valentine’s Day in 1972 at Our Lady of Lourdes hospital. Dr. Bozeman was a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (SLI) and Louisiana State University School of Medicine. Following his internship and residency in general surgery at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, he completed a two-year fellowship in thoracic surgery at Baylor University-affiliated hospitals in Houston Texas.

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Ivon A. Hennigan

Funeral services for Ivon A. Hennigan, 87, of Many will be held June 6 at 10 a.m. at Apostolic Truth Tabernacle of Robeline with the Reverends Roger D. Hennigan and Jody Farrell officiating. Burial will follow in the Lambert Town – Shamrock Cemetery. Visitation was held June 5 at Apostolic Truth Tabernacle in Robeline. She was born Tuesday, February 3, 1931 in Marthaville and passed away on Friday, June 1, 2018 in Many. She was preceded in death by her parents, Page Quinn and Ola Waters Quinn; son, Alan B. Hennigan; brothers, P. L. Quinn and C. J. Quinn; sisters, Izora Nelson, Beulah Aiken and Nina Ramsey; father-in-law, Clyde L. Hennigan; and her mother-inlaw, Maudie Hennigan. She is survived by her husband, Rudolph Hennigan of Many; sons, Rudy Hennigan and wife, Kim, of Robeline, Roger D.

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Yvonne Rose Johnson

Yvonne Rose Johnson, 75, passed away on Saturday May 26, 2018 in a Longview care facility. She battled vascular dementia for eleven years. She was born on September 18, 1942 in Beaumont, Texas, but she lived most of her life in Lake Charles. She loved reading, dancing, fishing, listening to Cajun music, but most of all spending time with family. Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Valerie Scalisi of Many, Mark Scalisi and Jill of Baton Rouge, and Meloney S. Mitchell and husband, Chris, of Longview, Texas; stepsons, Jerome J. Scalisi, Jr. and Nathan T. Scalisi and wife, Carolyn, of Lake Charles; step daughter, Mary Mae Seitzler and husband Danny, of Prairieville; siblings, Marie Bryson and Joseph Thibodeaux of Lake Charles and Zelma Spell of Westlake; eight grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and special friends who will miss her dearly. He was preceded in death by her parents, Olide and Azalie Thibodeaux; husbands, Jerome J.

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Lewis Gossett Craft

Lewis Gossett Craft, 90, of Baton Rouge and formerly of Florien, passed away peacefully at sunrise on May 25, 2018. He was born in Kisatchie on July 27, 1927. He graduated from Kisatchie High School and attended Northwestern State College. He enlisted in the U. S. Army in 1944 and served in the Pacific theater during WWII in the Philippines and Okinawa, was a member of the Occupation Army in Japan under General MacArthur, and was selected in the initial group of servicemen to comprise the U. S. Air Force in 1946. His duty stations took him to many bases around the country, including Alaska. In 1952, he married the love of his life, Eva Lavelle Newsom Craft, in Houston, Texas. After retirement from a highly decorated career in the Air Force in 1967 at the rank of Chief Master Sergeant (E-9), he became the Senior Sales Manager for Boise Cascade Corporation, a position he held until his retirement again in 1989.

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Lavern Matthews

Funeral Services celebrating the life of Laverne Matthews were held May 23 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Many with the Rev. Paul Ferrant officiating. She was born on November 12, 1940 to Ed and Ethel Mae Sepulvado Malmay of Zwolle. She went to be with his Lord and Savior on May 20, 2018 at the age of 77. She was preceded in death by her husband, Philip “Red Bone” Matthews; parents; son, Mark Anthony Matthews; brother, Thomas Joseph Malmay; and sister, Elouise Malmay.

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Clarence “Bob” Hamilton Jr

On May 15, 2018, a faithful servant of God, and an encourager to all, went to Heaven. Clarence Robert “Bob” Hamilton, Jr. was born January 4, 1935 in Lake Charles. He was born to Minnie Mae and Clarence Robert Hamilton, Sr. While at DeRidder High School he was an all-state football and track star, winning numerous medals and awards. He honorably served in the United States Navy from 1954-1958 spending most of his time as a Radar-man, 2nd Class Petty Officer aboard the Pacific U.S.S. Renville. In 1958, he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior at a Billy Graham’s Crusade in Los Angeles, California. Bob met the love of his life, Julie Ernestine “Ernie” Davis, at the First Baptist Church in DeRidder. He liked to tell the funny story that their budding romance almost ended when she said, “put out that cigar or put me out of this car.” Bob never smoked again and the rest is history. Bob attended Louisiana College and received a bachelor’s degree in Music Education in 1962.

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