Obituaries

Wed
10
Jun

David Champion

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David Champion 71, of Zwolle died on Monday, June 1, 2020 in Shreveport. He is preceded in death by his parents, Bertha Foster and Arvis Champion; brothers, Bo Champion and Jerry Champion.

He is survived by his children, Chad Champion, Jodie Epperson, Rambo and Button; two grandsons; along with nieces and nephews and many friends.

Wed
10
Jun

John H. Burns

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Funeral services for John Burns, 75, of Noble, will be held at Noble Baptist Church with Rev. Jimmy Price and Rev. Daniel Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in the Noble Cemetery.

John Burns was born on Thursday, November 30, 1944 in Silsbee, Texas. He passed away on Thursday, June 4, 2020 at his residence in Noble. He was preceded in death by his parents, Morgan Franklin Burns and Eula (Cain) Burns; and his brothers, Alfred Nelson and Jack Burns.

John was a deacon at Noble Baptist Church, a 52 year member of Little Flock Lodge #236 and was a 32 degree Scottish Rite. He was also a noble of El Karubah Shriners, York Rite and Knights Templar.

Wed
10
Jun

James Floyd Klinger, Jr.

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Funeral services honoring the life of James Klinger, Jr. were held on June 5, 2020 at Pendleton Assembly of God Church in Many with Brother Daniel Davis officiating with interment to follow in the church cemetery. James was born March 10, 1967 in Loganton, Pennsylvania to James Floyd Klinger Sr. and Carol (Roth) Klinger.

He proudly served 8 years in the United States Army. He took great pride in knowing he helped to keep his country safe and protected from enemies invading and attacking it.

Wed
03
Jun

Emma Savell

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Emma Savell, 95, of Florien, was born on Monday, October 6, 1924 in Florien. She passed away on Monday, May 25, 2020 at Sabine Retirement & Rehabilitation Center in Many.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Loyd Savell; parents, Luther Lois Sandel, Sr. and Clara Alice (Thompson) Sandel; brother, Luther Sandel, Jr.; sisters, Annie Laurie Pennington and Ewel Ava Hendrickson; and her son-in-law, Rayford Eddington.

She is survived by her children, Louise Eddington of Many; Virginia DuBose and husband Ben of Florien; Margaret Witt of Florien; Freeman Savell and friend Christy of Stonewall; Marie Calhoun and husband Buddie of Natchitoches; sister, Vivian Tynes of Lumberton, Texas; thirteen grandchildren; thirty-one great grandchildren; eleven great great grandchildren; along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

A graveside service will be held at Prospect Cemetery with Rev. John Thompson officiating.

Wed
03
Jun

David “Bo” Wayne Knippers

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Funeral services for David Wayne Knippers, 53, of Florien, were held at Middle Creek Baptist Church with Rev. John Lewing, III and Rev. James Hickman officiating. Burial followed in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

David Wayne Knippers was born on Monday, April 3, 1967 in Many. He passed away on Thursday, May 28, 2020 at Sabine Medical Center in Many.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin D. Knippers and Eunice Browning Knippers; sister, Christy Knippers Potts; and brother-in-law, Jimmy Hicks.

He is survived by his wife, Mari Ensinger Knippers of Florien; sons, Jaylynn Dewayne Knippers of Florien; Bladen Cole Knippers of Florien; daughters, Summer Ann Carter of Fisher; Kayla Lynn Carter of Florien; grandson, Zayden Scott Wiseman of Fisher; sisters, Kathy Hicks of Plainview, Louisiana; Anita May and husband Raymond of Frierson, Louisiana; along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Wed
03
Jun

Michael Reggie Ezernack

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Michael Ezernack was born April 18, 1962 in Converse to Melvin Ardis Ezernack and Mary Helen (Sepulvado) Ezernack and entered into rest on May 23, 2020 at his residence in Zwolle. Graveside services for him were held on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery with Father Joseph Ampatt officiating.

Preceding Reggie in death were his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin A.Ezernack; grandparents, Thomas and Claudia Ezernack; grandfather, Mitchell Sepulvado; sister, Jolene Ezernack; and his grandson, Landon Ezernack.

Wed
03
Jun

Myrtle “Eloise” Thomas

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Mrs. Myrtle Thomas, age 92, of Bossier City, formerly of Negreet, passed away on the morning of May 24, 2020, at the St. Joseph Hospice/Carpenter House in Shreveport.

She was born February 21, 1928, in Sabine Parish, daughter of the late Arch P. Wedgeworth and Sirena Lovelady Wedgeworth. Eloise was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 46 years, Robert Clenard “R.C.” Thomas; daughter, Janice Marie Thomas; four brothers, Lee Henry Wedgeworth; Leonard Preston Wedgeworth; Orbon Clifford Wedgeworth; Wiley Paul Wedgeworth; and two sisters, Maida Esther Wedgeworth Lightfoot and Vera Clara Wedgeworth Slaughter.

Wed
03
Jun

Leland James “Jim” Campbell

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Funeral services for Leland Campbell were held on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at Siloam Baptist Church with Brother Wilton Anthony officiating. Burial followed at Belmont Cemetery.

Jim was born in Longview, Washington. The early part of his career in the plywood industry brought him to Sabine Parish, where he met and married the love of his life, Viva Anne Skinner. Together Jim and Viva raised four sons, Jerry, Brad, Jimmy, and Matthew. Eventually Jim and Viva retired on Toledo Bend. He was a president and medallion member of the Many Bass Club for many years. He was a very respected tournament angler and he enjoyed teaching others how to fish while keeping his holes top secret. Jim was recently baptized along with his grandson Mason and became a member of Siloam Baptist Church. He proudly served in the United States Army where he was a Staff Sergeant. Jim was a humbled tanker who protected his country while working in Germany for his four-year tour.

Wed
03
Jun

Robert Steele

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Robert Steele was born September 16, 1936 in Kearney, Nebraska and died on May 23, 2020. He was surrounded by his loved ones at his home in Many.

Robert is survived by his children, Robert Andrew Steele Jr. and wife Kristy of Zwolle; Sandra Heard and husband Jason of Many; Robert E. Steele; Debra Rodgers; Johnny Steele; and Tommy Steele all of Amarillo, Texas. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jacob Heard, Kenneth Steele, Marissa Ross and husband Austin, Sarah Heard, and McKenzie Steele. He is survived by his sister, Rosie Molzahn of Imperial, Nebraska as well as a host of nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Edith Lanell Steele; parents, Walter Edward Steele and Sarah Gray Steele; brothers, Edward Steele, Clyde Steele, and Virgil Steele; sisters, Jeannie Hahn, Alice Jenson, Bonnie Wareham, and Edna Welch.

Wed
03
Jun

Herbert Patrick Rivers

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Services celebrating the life and legacy of Herbert Rivers will be held on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Zwolle, under the direction of Warren Meadows Funeral Home of Many. Officiating will be Father Joseph C. Ampatt.

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