Obituaries

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Bettie Hanson Dixon

Bettie Jane Mitchell Hanson Dixon was born in Zwolle February 10, 1925. She went home to be with the Lord on October 22, 2017. She spent several years of her childhood in Louisiana, but eventually moved with her family to Houston, Texas. In August of 1944 she married a young Air Force Lieutenant named Halworth “Hollly” Noble Hanson from Holmen, Wisconsin. The following July the young couple welcomed their first child. They named her Karen Ann. In 1951, their second daughter was born in October—Kristi Lee. In 1988, Holly passed away in Pasadena, Texas. In December 1991, Bettie married Melvin Dixon and welcomed his children into her family. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Myrtle and Hobart Mitchell; brother, Hobart, Jr.; sister, Maurine; and brother-in-law, Frank White. She leaves behind her husband, Melvin C.

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William Ryals, Sr.

Funeral services honoring the life of William Edward Ryals, Sr., 67, were held October 24 at Lakeside Baptist Church in Converse with the Rev. Randy Parker officiating. Burial followed at Converse Cemetery in Converse. He was born November 14, 1949 to Laros and Marsha Keggley Ryals and entered into rest October 21, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Melonie Ryals Wiley; brothers, Jack Ryals and Tommy P. Ryals; sisters, Clara Ryals George, Marjorie Ryals Paul and Dorothy Ryals Gamlin; son-in-law, Edward Montz; father-in-law, Sherman Page and mother-in-law, Betty Page. Those left behind to cherish his memory are his wife Betty Ann Page Ryals of Converse; sons, Eddy Ryals and wife, Shonda, and Chad Ryals and wife, Katherine, both of Converse; daughters, Angela Montz of Ponchatoula and Chrissy Ebarb and husband, Jason, of Converse; son-in-law, Craig Wiley Sr.

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Gloria Faircloth

Funeral services for Gloria Jean Faircloth, 60, of Noble were held October 28 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Richard Norsworthy officiating. Burial followed in the St. Joseph Cemetery. She was born Saturday, July 6, 1957 in Sabine Parish and passed away Wednesday, October 25, 2017.She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter Cartinez and Minnie Ola Cartinez; and husband, Jeff Faircloth.

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William “Mitch”Mitchell

William Henry “Mitch” Mitchell was born September 29, 1946 to E.C. and Lois Collins Mitchell, the youngest of seven children. He passed away at 71 at The Oaks in Shreveport on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from Alzheimer’s. He leaves behind an incredible legacy that included a big family. He married Nancy Raiford, the love of his life, 35 years ago and together they multiplied. Children include: Leslie Kroeger and husband, Chad, of Stuart, Florida; James and wife, Nina, of Franklin, Tennessee; Jonathan and wife, Karla, of Los Angeles, California; Joshua and wife, Hallie, of Franklin, Tennessee; Jarred of Nashville, Tennessee; Audra of Shreveport; Jordan of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; Arianna of Shreveport; and three boys still at home Justus, Joel and Jaden of Bossier City. He was also a proud granddad to eight: Taylor and Jake Kroeger, Jameson and Siena Mitchell, Eli Mitchell and Caitlyn, and Lucy and Liam Mitchell.

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Estel “Buddy” Eugene Brown Jr.

On Wednesday, October 10, 2017, Estel “Buddy” Eugene Brown, Jr. husband, father, son and brother, passed away suddenly at the age of 52 years. Buddy, better known as “Ten Penny” to his friends, will be forever be remembered for his contagious smile, caring nature and strong work ethic. Born April 22, 1965 in Palm Beach, Florida, he was preceded in death by his parents, Estel Brown, Sr. and Sharon Diane Brown, and father-in-law, Bobby Lee Cooper. Buddy spent most of his life doing what he loved most: driving a big rig, currently driving for Moran (MTI) Trucking, of Robeline. He was a member of Fisher Baptist Church.

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James Small, Sr.

A Celebration of Life for James William “Bill” Small, Sr., 95, was held October 18 at First Baptist Church in Many, with Brother Jonathan Bost officiating. Interment with Military Honors followed at Jerusalem Cemetery in Many. Bill was born March 31, 1922 in Many to Kathryn Tubbs Small and Thomas V. Small. He died October 4, 2017, after a brief illness in Shreveport. Bill met Evelyn Frass in New Orleans and the two were married in 1945. They began their life as a military family. Bill enlisted in the Army-Air Corp in 1942, with his brother, Tom and served in the Pacific Theatre during WWII. He transferred to the United States Air Force and served for over 30 years, attaining the rank of Chief Master Sargent. He also served in Korea during the Korean Conflict, as well as three tours of duty in Vietnam. Bill was stationed at bases in Guam, Okinawa, and England, as well as Barksdale Air Force Base and England Air Force Base.

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25
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Mrs. Marguerite Ellen Wyatt Montelongo

A service to honor the life of Mrs. Marguerite Ellen Wyatt Montelongo was held October 19 at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home of Natchitoches. Burial followed at Pisgah Cemetery near Marthaville. Mrs. Montelongo, 83 years of age and a resident of Natchitoches, passed away Monday, October 16, 2017, with her family by her side. She was born October 28, 1933, to Carl Wyatt, Sr. and Ethel Nancy Moore Wyatt in Marthaville. She worked for many years at Nichols in Many. A strong and caring woman, she was deeply rooted in her faith. A member of First Baptist in Natchitoches, she enjoyed fellowship with her church family. She will be dearly missed but always remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt. She was preceded in death by her parents; infant son, Michael Todd Franks; and her siblings, Carl Wyatt, Jr. and his wife, Bobbie, Gene Wyatt and Charles Glenn Wyatt.

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Carolyn Irene Pentecost

Funeral services for Carolyn Irene Pentecost, 58, of Many were held October 20 at Alford Heights Baptist Church with the Rev. Wayne Chance officiating. Burial followed in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery. She was born Thursday, April 2, 1959 in Lafayette and passed away Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at Meadowview Health & Rehab Center in Minden. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ellis Lee Pentecost and Irene Ethel Davis Pentecost. She is survived by her sister, Ethel Pentecost Rigsby and husband, David, of Converse; niece, Liz Lewing and husband, Jason, of Many; nephews, John Ginn of Winnfield and Chris Ginn and wife, Amanda, of College Station, Texas; seven great nephews; two great nieces; one great-great-nephew; along with a host of friends. Pallbearers were Alan Small, Danny Wilson, Don Burkett, Harvey Robideaux, Kenny Robideaux, and Shelton Bird. Online condolences may be made to the family at www. warrenmeadows.com

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Richard Horn

Richard Franklin Horn, born September 2, 1952, passed away from this life October 5, 2017 at the age of 65. Richard, also known by family and friends as Ricky, was the youngest of 10 children that was born to the late Clifton and Malva Carter Horn of Many. He is survived by his sisters, Bobbye Horn Gooch of Moss Bluff, Bettye Horn Westfall and husband, Murl, of Florien, Sue Horn McNeely and husband, Clyde, of Shreveport and Joy Horn Walker and husband, Benny, of Milam, Texas; and brothers, Jack Horn and wife, Catherine, of Blanchard, and Roy “Teti” Horn and wife, Donna, of Florien. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Merlene Horn, Lynn Horn Oxley and Janice Horn Westfall; and brother, Gene Horn. Visitation was held October 14 at the Belmont Fellowship Hall with graveside service at the Belmont cemetery.

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Anthony Baldi

A memorial service for Anthony Craig Baldi, 28, was held October 14 at Lakeside Baptist Church in Many with the Rev. Bill Craft J. officiating. He was born January 27, 1989 in Natchitoches. He was a hard working father and husband. Preceding him in death was his mother, Eva Baldi. Those left behind to cherish his memory are his wife, Melinda Torres Baldi; father, Anthony George Baldi Jr.; daughters, Haley Meshell and Keana Meshell; son, Anthony Craig Baldi Jr.; sister, Ashley and husband, Chris Hilton of Saratoga, Texas; nieces, Zoey and Stella Hilton; nephew, Lucca Hilton; mother- in- law, Noel Torres and father-in-law, Kenny Torres of Zwolle; and grandparents, Milton and Cindy Hayden of Many and Mike and Myra Brewer of Bismark, Arkansas.

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