Obituaries

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03
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John Dew

John Franklin Dew, 93, known as Frank or by most in the community as the “telephone man,” was called home to be with the Lord on March 28, 2019. Frank was born on October 19, 1925 in Many to Willie Ambrose and Helen Elizabeth Hayes Dew.

He attended and graduated from Many High School and joined the United States Navy after graduation serving in World War II. After serving our country, Frank was employed by Bellsouth Telephone installing and repairing phones for fellow Sabine parish residents for the next 45 years. Frank was a proud member of the Masonic Lodge and served as Chaplain. He also was as a Shriner and assisted in raising funds for Shriners Children’s Hospital. Frank served as Deacon and Sunday school teacher at Mt. Freedom Baptist Church for over 60 years. Frank loved all his family from distant cousins to immediate family members and always loved spending time with family and friends.

Wed
27
Mar
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Olga Blanco

Funeral services for Olga Jean Blanco, 85, of Florien were held March 23 at Beulah Baptist Church with the Rev. Kenneth Leach, Sr. officiating. Burial followed in the Beulah Cemetery.

She was born Saturday, January 13, 1934 in Sabine Parish, and passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at the Canterbury House in Alexandria.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Hoyt Gandy and Ethel Pilcher Gandy; brothers, Hershel Gandy, W. H. Gandy, and Rod Gandy; and sisters, Hope Slay and Louis Griffin.

She is survived by her husband, Weldon Blanco of Florien; son, Michael Blanco of City Of Industry, California; brother, Shannon Gandy of LeCombe; along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.warrenmeadows.com

Wed
27
Mar
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Edna Beach

Memorial Services will be held Wednesday March 27 at 11 a.m. at the Noble Baptist Church for Edna Fae Endsley Beach. Fae, who resided in Noble, was born September 8, 1942 in Huffines, Texas. She went home to be with the Lord on March 21, 2019.

Wed
27
Mar
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Rita Bozeman

Rita Raye Bozeman, 79 of Belmont passed away Sunday, March 17, 2019, after a short stay in the hospital. She was surrounded by loved ones in her last hours who were by her side to bid a last farewell.

Funeral services were held March 22 at Bethel Congregational Methodist Church in Ajax with the Reverends Brian Jennings and Glen Howard officiating.

Rita was born on Wednesday, February 21, 1940 in Shreveport, and passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at Natchitoches Regional Medical Center in Natchitoches.

She was preceded in death by

her parents, Raymond Alvin Findley Sr and Mayfalda Angele Carter Findley; and brother, Raymond Alvin Findley Jr.

Wed
27
Mar
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Margie Gray

Margie “Sally” Gray, 91, of DeQuincy, passed into the arms of her Savior on Friday, March 22, 2019 at her residence surrounded by her loved ones. She was born to her late parents, Douglas and Hessie Hoosier, on April 28, 1927 in DeQuincy.

She loved being outdoors, working in her garden, and fishing. Sally and her husband Charlie lived at Toledo Bend for about 20 years. They owned their own business “Charlie Gray Trucking” for about 20 years as well. She said she was President, mechanic, bookkeeper, and would do whatever needed to be done. When they retired, they had about 30 trucks on the road. Sally was a Grand Officer for the Eastern Star, and held about every position with them.

She is survived by her son, Larry Maddox and wife Jeanette of DeQuincy; daughter, Brenda Whitman and husband Michael of De-Quincy; step-son, Charles Gray of DeQuincy; 10 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and 10 great-great grandchildren.

Wed
27
Mar
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Ronnie Chamberlin

Funeral services honoring the life of Ronald “Ronnie” Reagan Chamberlin, were held March 23 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rambin with Father Francis Kamau officiating. Burial followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Rambin Community.

Ronnie was born July 12, 1956 in Mansfield to John Marshall Chamberlin and Jeanine Rambin Chamberlin and entered into rest on March 21, 2019.

Ronnie worked for Cleco for 30 years and loved his coworkers. He loved gardening, fishing and hunting. Most of all he was a proud grandfather of his first grandbaby, Lil Jack, who loved helping his Paw Paw picking his garden. He never met a stranger and was loved by so many people. He would help anyone in need. He loved the Lord and read his bible daily.

Ronnie was preceded in death by his mother, Jeanine Rambin Chamberlin.

Wed
27
Mar
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SMSGT (Ret.) Bobby Wilbanks

Funeral services for SMSGT (Ret.) Bobby Echols Wilbanks, 89, of Florien were held March 26 at First Baptist Church of Florien with Dennis Pitt, the Rev. Brady Glaser and Bobby Slaydon officiating. Burial followed in the Florien Cemetery. He was born on Friday, October 4, 1929 in Trinity, Alabama, and passed away on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at his residence in Florien.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Shelby and Ola Mae Heathcoat Wilbanks; first wife, Charlene Jackson Wilbanks; and one sister and five brothers.

Wed
27
Mar
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Shirley Lee

Shirley Hildebrand Lee, 90, most recently of Shreveport passed peacefully to eternal life on March 15, 2019 while restfully sleeping at Pilgrim Manor Nursing Home where she was recuperating from surgery.

Services celebrating the full and joyous life of Shirley H. Lee were held March 23 at the Warren Meadows Funeral Home in Many. Officiating was the Rev. Jonathan Bost from the First Baptist Church of Many. Interment followed at the Florien cemetery where Shirley will join a long list of extended family members.

Wed
20
Mar
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Mr. Larry Austin

Funeral services honoring the life of Larry Austin, 76, were held March 16 at Rose-Neath Chapel in Mansfield with the Rev. Jimmy Price officiating. Burial followed at Converse Cemetery in Converse.

Larry was born May 16, 1942 in Converse to Alton and Eloise Branch Austin and entered into rest on March 13, 2019 in Shreveport.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alton and Eloise Austin; sisters, Pauline McKee, Audrey Leach, Opal Allen; and brothers, Jessie Ray Austin and Leroy Austin.

Those left behind to cherish his memory are his wife of 53 years, Joan Austin of Converse; sons, Alan Austin and fiancée Stacy Hughes of Hornbeck, and Rodney Austin and wife Cheryl Austin of Converse; daughter, Kari Raborn of Converse; grandchildren, John, Rachal, Justin, Jacob, Christopher, Zac, Madeline, Cody, Erikk, Brittany, Haley, Raelyn, Tyler and Kadie; 8 great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

Wed
20
Mar
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James Davis

James Lynn Davis, born February 11, 1935 died March 9, 2019. He leaves three children: Vikki Lynne and husband, Rickey, and their sons; Craig Alan and wife, Margaret, and their three sons; and Eric Harmon and wife Laura and their son and daughter. He was blessed last year with a great granddaughter.

He was the youngest of seven children of B. F. and Charlotte Davis. His siblings, Herman, Reginald, Carlena, Arlene and Lillian all preceded him in death. He has a surviving brother, George Allen from Monroe and numerous nieces and nephews.

After serving in Korea and attending Louisiana State University Law School, he remained a lifelong resident of Sabine Parish.

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