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Patchwork

He was known by many names—Chief, E-Rod, Snake, Husband, Daddy and Grandpa. He was a unique and well-liked man. He endeared himself to hundreds, possibly thousands, over a lifetime. He could be spotted easily—wearing a United States Marine Corps ballcap because he one of “The Few. The Proud. The Marines.” A yellow feather sprouted from his ballcap….a salute to his two brothers who died on foreign soil serving their country. We (and I say we because he was loved and respected by all) lost him on January 8, 2019 at the age of 81.

A large crowd bid him farewell at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in a beautiful ceremony led by Father Frances Kamau and Brother Wayne Chance on January 11, 2019. Words spoken brought tears and sometimes laughter to those in attendance. American flags flapped in a chilly breeze as members of the Patriot Guard assisted in the gravesite rites.

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Kyle Free

On April 11, 2018 Kyle Edward Free, a loving father, caring son, and compassionate brother and an unconditional friend, went home to be with the Lord.

Kyle was born May 15,1986 to his father, Jonathan Edward Free and his mother, Robin Matthews Graham. Kyle was a quick-witted young man with a contagious smile, compassionate heart that touched so many lives. He was an accomplished welder/ fabricator since his early adulthood and carried on his family legacy of talented artists.

Kyle leaves behind a young son, Bentley Marcus Free, and his best friend, Conner Andrew Loftin; both his parents, Jonathan Edward Free, and wife, Lillian, and mother, Robin Matthews Graham; brothers, Justin Free and wife, Sam, and their children, Kristen, Bradley, and Dorothy, Jeremy Free, and Nikolaos Matthews; sisters, Megan Miller and her children, Jaime, Bubba, and Braxton, Katie Newcomb, and Shelby Cady; MaMaw, Jerry and husband, Mike; and many aunts and uncles and cousins.

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Free State Festival receives support

Bank of Montgomery was a sponsor of the Sabine Free State Festival last October. In the photo are Daniel Bennett, BOM Market President and Clancey Stewart, Sabine Free State Festival Committee Secretary.

Bank of Montgomery was a sponsor of the Sabine Free State Festival last October. In the photo are Daniel Bennett, BOM Market President and Clancey Stewart, Sabine Free State Festival Committee Secretary.

 

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Heaux, Heaux, Heaux is top priority of USSSA baseball event

Pictured with some of the 2000+ toys collected at the USSSA Toys for Tots Winter Nationals played at Youngsville and Broussard Sports complexes are, from left, Mike LeBlanc, MCL; Kevin Thompson, MCL; Ronnie Broussard, MCL (Marine Corps League) Louisiana State Commandant; Kayla Odom, USSSA Baseball State Office; Jerry Broussard, MCL; Cliff LaPointe, MCL; Ray Bourque, Broussard Mayor-Elect; Michael Williams, MCL; Courtney DiBetta, Broussard Assistant Recreation Director; and Chris Kittling, USSSA Site Director.

The weekend of December 1-2 provided the “Reason for the Season” and the USSSA Winter Nationals XIV brought the participants to battle for championships, however it was the TOYS for TOTS program that was the big winner.

Some 67 teams converged over the weekend at the Youngsville Sports Complex and the Broussard Sports Complex, and it was these participants who supplied in excess of 2000 toys for the Marine Corps’ TOYS for TOTS.

Marine Corps League State Commandant, Ronnie Broussard, commented “we want to thank Louisiana USSSA for their support by including Toys for Tots in this outstanding event. The efforts of this event made a lot of children happy on Christmas morning. The amount of toys collected was unbelievable. Louisiana USSSA has stepped in as a valuable partner to Toys for Tots, and its mission to provide a Christmas for all needy children.”

 

 

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Evelyn Sepulvado

Funeral services for Evelyn Sepulvado were held December 31 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Zwolle with Father Richard Norsworthy officiating. Interment followed at the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Zwolle. Evelyn was born May 1, 1927 in Zwolle to Joe and Rosie Ebarb and passed December 26, 2018 in Shreveport. Evelyn was a life-long resident of Sabine Parish. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Zee Sepulvado, Sr.; and sons, Bryne and Billy Sepulvado. She is survived by her daughters, Maxine Lanclos of Metairie, Doris Ebarb and husband, Vernon, of Stonewall, and Vivian Armstrong and husband, Jay, of Zwolle; sons, Cecil Sepulvado and wife, Doreen, of Zwolle, Zee Sepulvado, Jr. and wife ,Krystal, of Zwolle, and Milton Sepulvado and wife, Christie, of Flatwoods; special grandson, Richard Armstrong and wife, Tracy, of Natchitoches; 25 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, friends and other relatives.

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James Sistrunk

Funeral services honoring the life of James Melton Sistrunk, 77, were held January 7 at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in Pleasant Hill with the Reverends Charlotte D. Birdwell and Dean Johnson officiating. Burial followed at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. He was born March 23, 1941 in Pleasant Hill to Martin W. and Onie Free Sistrunk and entered into rest on January 4, 2019 at his residence. He was a loving father, brother and grandfather.

James was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Linda Faye Williams Sistrunk; and several brothers and sisters.

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James McConathy

A service to celebrate the life of James W. McConathy was held January 3 at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Florien. Burial followed at Ebenezer Baptist Cemetery.

Jimmy, 58 years of age and a resident of Bossier City, passed away on December 30, 2018, in Shreveport. He was born on August 28, 1960, to Herman and Etta Marie Arnold McConathy in Shreveport.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Marilyn Marie McConathy.

He is survived by his children, Cade McConathy and Quincie Jacquelyn McConathy; siblings, Gwendolyn Stephens and husband Richard, Michael McConathy and wife, Becky, Gary McConathy and wife, Veronica, and David McConathy and wife, Teresa; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Those honored to serve as pallbearers included Michael McConathy, Gary McConathy, David McConathy, Brent McConathy, Richard Stephens, Jason McConathy, and Charlie Spears.

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Dana “Bull” Powell

Dana Dean Powell, age 60, of Robeline passed away on January 4, 2019. He was born to Bill and Betty Powell on January 1, 1959 in Jonesboro.

Dana, known to many as “Bull,” was a simple man with a great love for his family and his friends. He was generous and loyal to a fault. He was tough but had a huge heart, especially for children and animals. He worked alongside his family in the logging and timber business for many years as a truck driver and heavy equipment operator. He loved to tinker with engines and could fix things that seemed unfixable.

Dana had a passion for the outdoors. He enjoyed riding four wheelers, motorcycles and inherited his mother’s love for fishing. He loved to spend time with his family and friends. Later in life, he enjoyed raising cattle, a garden and tending his land. His genuine smile and ability make you laugh when no one else could, will be just a few of the special things those who love him will miss.

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Dorothy Ezernack

Funeral services for Dorothy M. Ezernack were held December 31 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Zwolle. Father Richard Norsworthy officiated. Interment followed at the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Zwolle.

She was born February 25, 1929 in Zwolle to Albert and Mary Frances Ebarb and passed December 27, 2018 in Zwolle. Dorothy was a life-long resident of Sabine Parish.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Albert J. Ezernack, Sr.; daughter, Charlotte Cartinez; grandson, Scotty Craig; and brothers, Clifton Ebarb, Bill Ebarb, Alfred Ebarb, Raymond Ebarb and Steve Ebarb; and son-inlaw, Euell Martinez.

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Joy Rodrigues

Mrs. Joy M. Rodrigues née Ward, formerly Wester, a longtime resident of Many, died December 30, 2018. She was 72 years old.

Born in Lotus in 1946, she was preceded in death by her parents, Carlis and Eula B. Booty Ward; sisters, Inez Harwell and Shirley Ward; and her brother, John Ward.

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