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Ornaments presented to relatives at annual Memorial Tree celebration

The Rev. John Lewing, left, pastor of Union Springs, delivered the memorial message at Warren Meadows Funeral Home on December 13 at 6 p.m. He is shown with Amy Giblin Barnhill, the Rev. Wilton Anthony and Susan Meadows Giblin prior to the 31

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Annual Memorial Tree of Remembrance service. (Photo by The Sabine Index)

The 31st annual Memorial Tree of Remembrance was hosted at Warren Meadows Funeral Home on Thursday night, December 13 at 6 p.m.

The annual event shows that the Warren Meadows Funeral Home family remembers each and every family served during the past year and grieves along with them.

Susan and Floyd Giblin began the beautiful program in 1987. Each year, a Christmas tree is decorated with ornaments, which includes the person’s name and date of death inscribed on them. Every person served by the funeral home is remembered with an ornament, that are distributed at the end of a service of remembrance.

“The holiday can be very difficult,” Susan Giblin noted. “We at Warren Meadows Funeral home understand this and have created a holiday keepsake that will recognize and pay tribute to that special person.”

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2018 was eventful year for Sabine Parish

The Sabine Parish Cloverbuds met in December and made chemo care kits for the Natchitoches-Cancer Center. They were delivered around Christmas time. Pictured are Alaina Stewart, Layla Carnline, Mya Ferguson, Khloe Clark, Taylee Williamson, Hunter Hammer, Ali Sinitiere, Callum Crumpton, Landry Holcomb, Adan Knippers, Mason Sepulvado, Londyn Sepulvado, Shyla Bridges and Ainsley Knippers.

Sabine Parish had quite the 2018. From decisions about the future of Toledo Bend to mere fun, a little bit of everything happens in our part of Louisiana. Each year, the Index does a wrap-up of the best of the previous year.

January:

While most were still recovering from the Christmas season, others were off to a big start.

The Sabine Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution pledged to move forward in their service to the local community.

The smash blockbuster Wonder Woman played in the Many Community Center and was thoroughly enjoyed by all that attended.

The Toledo Bend Lake Association announced their 2018-2019 gun raffle, which provides needed money that the organization uses to improve Toledo Bend.

Toledo Retirement and Rehabilitation Center provided a few pictures of their Christmas Party, which featured plenty of live music.

 

 

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Patchwork

Way back in 1977 Randy Newman sang a song called “Short People”. He sang that “Short people had no reason to live”!! I feel obligated to stand up for all of us short people. How short is short, anyway?? The lyrics of the song are lyrically constructed as a prejudiced attack on all of us shorties. If it were produced in this day and time, someone would be “offended.” (I’m not!) Newman sings about short-tempered little people with stubby little fingers and nasty little feet. Nobody loves this song like Dean Lambert and nobody loves to sing it like Mike Morris!! I know because they always point me and every other short person at Bayou Crawfish when Mikey starts to sing the song. I really don’t mind… .I’ve been short my entire life. Mother used to say, “If you are short, you can dance with the short boys and the tall boys!” Worked for me and I danced away with them all!! I am proud to be a short person. I graduated fourth in my high school class of 129.

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Melissa Ann “Missy” Campbell Rivers

Funeral services for Mrs. Melissa Ann Campbell Rivers, 44, were held on Friday, November 23, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Zwolle. Officiating will be Father Timothy Hurd. Interment followed at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Zwolle.

Missy was born July 7, 1974 in Natchitoches, to Edward Campbell, Jr and JoAnn Moss Campbell and entered rest on November 19, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Missy was a loving wife, daughter, mother and sister.

Those left behind to cherish her memory are her husband, Delayne Rivers of Noble; her parents, JoAnn Moss Campbell and Edward Campbell, Jr. both of Many; son, Tyler Layne Rivers of Lake Charles; daughters, Emily Ann Guay Larche and husband, Landry of Lake Charles, Marlee Grace Rivers of Noble; sisters, Nancy Murphy and Russell, Mindy Campbell and Jason all of Many; and a host of other friends and family.

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Linda Lovelady

Mrs. Linda Lovelady funeral services were held on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at Bayou Scie United Methodist Church, Zwolle. Rev. Richard Lehr, Rev. Ray Spiller, and Rev. Kenneth Leach were officiating. Interment followed at Bayou Scie Cemetery, Zwolle.

Linda was born August 3, 1949 in Many, to Charlie and Margaret Cook, and passed away on November 19, in Zwolle. Linda was a former bank teller where she met and helped a lot of customers; these individuals easily became friends of this sweet lady. She was a member of Bayou Scie United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Margaret Cook; her first husband, Gene Lehr, and her son, Jeremy Lehr.

Linda is survived by her husband, John Lovelady; son, Richard Lehr and wife, Melanie; son, Christopher Lehr; sister, Margaret Reed; brother, Gary Reed and wife Janie; brother, Johnny Reed. She also left behind nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

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Barbara Jane Peterson

Memorial services for Barbara Peterson, 83, of Many, were held on Sunday, December 2, 2018 at First United Methodist Church of Many with Rev. Gloria Youngblood officiating.

Barbara Peterson was born on Friday, August 9, 1935 in Sparkman, Arkansas. She passed away on Thursday, November 29, 2018 in Shreveport. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward Lee Richardson and Pauline (Robey) Richardson.

She is survived by her husband, Garland Peterson of Many; sons: Mike Tompkins of Shreveport, and Mark Tompkins of Dallas, Texas; three grandchildren: Steven Tompkins, Christopher Tompkins and Nathan Tompkins; two great grandchildren: Beaux Tompkins and Davis Tompkins; along with a host of friends.

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Many, LA.

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

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Patsy Hodges Rayburn

Funeral services for Patsy Hodges Rayburn, 73, of Many, were held on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jim Manning and Bro. Doug Carter officiating. Burial followed in the Zion Hill Cemetery.

Patsy Rayburn was born on Wednesday, November 29, 1944 in Rocky Hill, Texas. She loved to praise the Lord, singing old gospel songs, read the Bible, sew beautiful quilts, and cook amazing bakery goods. She left this earthly home to meet her Lord and Savior Jesus face to face on Monday, November 26, 2018 at her home in Many. Patsy will be remembered by many as a loving Christian mother, sister, Nanie, and friend.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Larry G. Rayburn; parents, Virgil and Estelle (Thomas) Hodges; brothers, Gary Michael Hodges and Virgil Duane Hodges.

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Cloverbuds enjoy pumpkin patch

Sabine Parish 4-H Cloverbuds enjoyed a trip to the pumpkin patch during their October meeting.

Sabine Parish 4-H Cloverbuds enjoyed a trip to the pumpkin patch during their October meeting.

 

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Many hosts trick or treaters

Many City Hall employees dressed as pumpkins and passed out lots of treats in front of City Hall during official trick or treat hours. “I think we ate as much candy as the kids”, laughed one employee who insisted on remaining anonymous.

Many City Hall employees dressed as pumpkins and passed out lots of treats in front of City Hall during official trick or treat hours. “I think we ate as much candy as the kids”, laughed one employee who insisted on remaining anonymous.

 

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Tigers end season with loss to Welsh

Several Many Tigers prepare to bring the team onto the field for what would turn out to be the final game of the season. (Photo courtesy Tina McCormic)

The Many Tigers lost an absolute heartbreaker to the Welsh Greyhounds 28-21 during the LHSAA 2A semifinal held on November 30 at John Curtis Tiger Stadium in Many.

The loss puts an end to the season which players, coaches, and local fans would end with a championship in the Super Dome this weekend.

The team put up an amazing 15-2 record, with its only losses were against a higher classification opponent, North Desoto, and Welsh, who also defeated the Tigers last year during the same leg of the playoffs.

Many kicked off to Welsh to start the game, and Austyn Benoit quickly put up a fiveyard rushing touchdown which had the Tigers trailing early by seven points.

 

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