Obituaries

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John “Johnny” Ryan Cates Jr.

Memorial services honoring the life of John “Johnny” Ryan Cates Jr. were held on September 29 at Old Pisgah Baptist Church with the Rev. Dean Johnson officiating and Brother Leon Manshack assisting. Burial followed in the Zion’s Rest Cemetery in Wallace. Johnny was born June 13, 1954 in McAllen, Texas to John Ryan Cates Sr. and Maggie Melvina Davis Cates, and entered into rest on September 21, 2018 at the age of 64. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Freddie Stutts.

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Mary Viola Leone

Funeral services honoring the life of Mary Viola Leone were held on September 26 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Father Duane Trombetta officiating. Internment followed in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery. She was born on January 27, 1953 to Oscar Sepulvado and Ida Ezernack Sepulvado, and entered into rest on September 23, 2018 at the age of 83. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Charles Sepulvado and Arthur Sepulvado; and her sisters, Zula Parrie, Beatrice Ann Harris and Elnora Sepulvado. She is survived by her sons, Jerry Grant and wife, Bonnie, of Zwolle, and Gerald Leone and wife, Kimberly, of Zwolle; sister, Verna Castie and husband, Jerry, of Zwolle; grandchildren, Gerald Leone Jr., Kayleb Leone, Kazmin Leone, Dallas Leone, Geraldleona Leone, Miracle Leone, Kayla Moore, Ravan Leone, Ravan Robertson, Shelley Grant, Tanya Grant, and Kelley Sims and husband, Randy; five great grandchildren; and special friend, Louis Crooks.

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03
Oct
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Dr. Scott Lamar Tatum

Dr. Scott Lamar Tatum, Pastor Emeritus of Broadmoor Baptist Church, reached his eternal home in heaven on September 21, 2018. A service celebrating his life and thanking God for his ministry was held at Broadmoor Baptist Church Worship Center North on September 29. Officiating was Dr. Wilson Tatum. Dr. Tatum was born 98 years ago in Converse and grew up in Mansfield. He was a graduate of Mansfield High School, Baylor University, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he earned the Doctor of Theology degree. Being a pastor was his calling and he was privileged to share in the joyful events such as baptisms and marriages as well as times of sorrow with church members. Following early pastorates in Texas, he served as pastor of Broadmoor Baptist Church from 1951 through 1974. He then taught preaching at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary for fourteen years.

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03
Oct
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Gene Leo Hubley

Funeral services for Gene Leo Hubley, 87, of Many were held October 1 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with Father Duane Trombetta officiating. Burial followed in the St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery. Gene was born on Sunday, July 5, 1931 in Many to Winnie Virginia Davis and Cleve Julian Hubley, and passed away Thursday September 27, 2018 in Coushatta. Gene made the United States Navy his career. He was a Petty Officer First Class and served during the Vietnam era working on helicopters, planes, etc. on the ships. After retirement, he came back to his hometown of Many to care for his mother. He had various jobs and working with the SARC clients was very special to him. Another special “job” was caring for his sister, Lynna, upon her return from California. He was a loyal parishioner at St. John’s and was active with the Men’s Club helping whenever and wherever he could.

Wed
26
Sep
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Pete Corley

Funeral services for Pete Corley, born Charles Coleman, were held September 20 at Warren Meadows Chapel with the Reverends Richard Hooton, Dee Ann Johnson, and John Lewing officiating. Burial followed in Bethsadia Cemetery under the direction of Warren Meadows Funeral Service. Pete was born on Tuesday, January 2, 1951 in Zwolle to Johnnie William and Alice Bass Corley. He passed away on September 14, 2018 at the age of 67 in his home surrounded by his family. He was an avid hunter and fisherman as he often did with his two sons, grandsons, father-in-law, Willie Moore and friends. Other hobbies were collecting old Winchester rifles and Colt firearms. He was a member of Bayou Scie Methodist Church, of Zwolle. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. He was preceded in death by his parents, Johnnie and Alice Corley; his wife’s parents, his fishing buddy, Willie, and Mary Moore of Zwolle; and brother, Perry Green of Florida.

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26
Sep
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Roger Alvin Wilson

Roger Alvin Wilson, 80, of Harmon, passed away on September 19, in Coushatta. Born in East Point on December 12, 1937, he was the only son of the late Alvin George and Retha Lee Martin Wilson. He was married to his first wife, Mignon Josephine Shelton Wilson, from 1958 to 1986, with whom he had two daughters. In 1993, he married his wife, Susan Wilson, who survives him at home. Roger was a 1956 graduate of Coushatta High School. He then attended LSU for three years where he studied Forestry and Animal Husbandry. He was a big fan of the LSU Tigers and watched every game. He was a prominent businessman in the local oil industry. He started three different companies in the industry: Wilson Well Service, Roger & Alvin Construction Company, and Victoria Pump & Supply. He was the president of the RC Bottling Association of Louisiana from 1975 to 1981 and owned the Nehi/RC Bottling Plant in Many from 1964 to 1981.

Wed
26
Sep
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Lester Olen Longoria

Funeral services for Lester Olen Longoria, 64, of Zwolle, were held September 21 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Richard Norsworthy officiating. Burial followed in the St. Joseph Cemetery. He was born on Saturday, July 17, 1954 in Converse, and passed away on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 in Shreveport. He was preceded in death by his father, J. W. Longoria; brothers: Rickey Longoria and Ray Longoria; and niece, Theresa Garcia. He is survived by his wife, Renee Longoria of Zwolle; sons, Jamie Longoria of Many, Kevin Longoria and wife, Stayce, of Converse, and Jakey Longoria of Zwolle; mother, Dorothy Leone of Zwolle; step-father, Marvin “Jake” Leone of Zwolle; sister, Judy Garcia of Zwolle; brothers, James Gilcrease and wife, Marie, of Bossier City, Louis Longoria and wife, Patty, of Mansfield, and Bill Longoria and wife, Carolyn, of Bunkie; grandchildren, Haylea Longoria of Converse, and Mallorie Longoria of Converse; along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

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26
Sep
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Jerry Lynn Cryer

Funeral services for Jerry Lynn Cryer, 70, of Many, were held September 19 at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kenneth Leach, Sr. officiating. Burial followed in the Zwolle City Cemetery He was born on Tuesday, September 30, 1947 in Zwolle, and passed away on Saturday, September 15, 2018 in Shreveport. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jessie and Lillian Cryer; and special friend, Evelyn Timmons. He is survived by his sister, Mary F. DeLatin of Many; nephew, Donald Vasquez and wife, Deborah, of Many; niece, Kathy Anderson and husband, Dale, of Hamilton, Oklahoma; grandson, John Timmons of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; special friend, Darlene Knippers of Robeline; along with a host friends. Pallbearers were Ronnie “Strut” Remedies, Lloyd Armstrong, Ricky Snider, Bobby Maxie, Donald Vasquez, and Hunter Tarpley. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.warrenmeadows.com

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26
Sep
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Lynn Wilcox

Gathering for Lynn Wilcox, 75, of Bossier City were held Sunday, September 23 at the Labby Memorial Funeral Home in Leesville. Lynn was born in Kingston, Pennsylvania on March 23, 1943. She passed away on Sunday, September 16, 2018 in her home in Bossier City. She is preceded in death by her parents; Jason and Ann Burdette Matthews. She is survived by her sons; Tim Wilcox of Bossier City, Tom Wilcox of Barksdale, Air Force Base, Bob Wilcox of Bastrop, Texas, brother; David Matthews of Wheeling, West Virginia, 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. In leiu of flowers family ask that you make a donation to ALS Foundation in her name. Words of comfort may be expressed to the Wilcox Family at www.labbymemorial.com

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Sep
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Elvis James Browning

Funeral services for Elvis James Browning, 77, of Florien, were held on Wednesday, September 12 at Cenchrea Nazarene Church with the Reverends James Philen and Matt Warren officiating. Burial followed in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery. He was born on Friday, October 18, 1940 in Sabine Parish and passed away on Monday, September 10, 2018 in Florien. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward J. Browning and Katie C. Browning; and sisters, Nelda Kay Nett and Eunice Knippers. He is survived by his wife, Betty Browning of Florien; sons, Terry Browning and wife, Brenda, of Fort Smith, Arkansas and Brad Browning and wife, Tonya, of Florien; grandchildren, Brady Browning, Colin Browning, Rachel Browning, Tanner Browning and Grace Browning; along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends. Pallbearers were Brady Browning, Colin Browning, Tanner Browning, Colby Withers, Justin Sepulvado and Tye Thaxton.

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