Obituaries and Memoirs

Rev. Bruce Jay Layman
Passed away on December 01, 2021


Thomas Edgar Roberts
Passed away on November 15, 2021

Thomas "Tommy" Edgar Roberts, Jr, 70, went to be with his Lord and Savior on November 15, 2021. He was a resident of Bogue Chitto, MS. He was retired for over 15 years from Buquet & LeBlanc, Inc. with 30 years of ...

Rev. Dr. W. Odell Simmons
Passed away on November 02, 2021

Odell Simmons, 87, of Baton Rouge peacefully passed from this life, Tuesday, November 2, 2021, at home and surrounded by his children. He suffered from advanced dementia and was recently diagnosed with metastatic lung ...

Rev. A. Swindell Hodges, Jr.
Passed away on October 14, 2021

Rev. Alvin Swindell Hodges, Jr. passed away October 14, 2021 at the age of 72.   Those left to mourn his loss and cherish his memory are his two children, Megan Clare Hodges and Kyle Patrick Hodges.  His wife, Patricia ...

Rev. Ernest Eugene (Gene) Rives
Passed away on September 28, 2021

Reverend Ernest Eugene "Gene" Rives, Jr. was a lifelong resident of Baton Rouge, born February 16, 1952. A loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, he went to his eternal home on ...

Rev. Bob L. Lawton
Passed away on September 26, 2021

Rev. Bob L. Lawton, 90, a resident of Slaughter, LA, died on Sunday, September 26, 2021. He was a minister for the Louisiana Conference of UMC for over 40 years. He is survived by two daughters, Lady Pierson and her ...

Janelle Fowler Stage Walton
Passed away on September 25, 2021

Janelle Fowler Stage Walton of Mt. View, AR passed away on Saturday, September 25, 2021. She was 98 years of age on August 1, 1923. She was preceded by husbands Frank M. Stage and Melvin D. Walton in death and her ...

Rev. Nathaniel R. Langford
Passed away on September 12, 2021

Nathaniel Robert Langford, 42, passed to his heavenly home on Sunday, September 12, 2021, at Rapides Regional Hospital in Alexandria, Louisiana after a long struggle with COVID.                             Nathaniel was ...

Helen M. Baucum Woodward
Passed away on August 17, 2021


Dorothy Davis Windham
Passed away on August 01, 2021

Dorothy Davis Windham passed away peacefully at home on July 31, 2021, at the age of 87, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on July 5, 1934, to Mack and John Davis in Ruston, Louisiana. A funeral service was ...

Mrs. Eleanor Seals Miles
Passed away on July 22, 2021

Eleanor S. Miles entered into eternal rest on July 22, 2021 at the age of 104. Survived by her specials, Marian and Rev. Bertrand Griffin; stepdaughters, Louella Miles Burton and Tracy Miles Young; stepson, James C. ...

Rev. Willis Laws
Passed away on July 04, 2021

Rev. Willis "Big Boy" Laws was born on March 15, 1953, in Opelousas, LA to the union of Hilman and Dora Laws. Willis was the eighth born of fourteen children and he was born with his fraternal companion, Rev. Willie ...

Rev. Jerry L. Johnson
Passed away on May 07, 2021

Rev. Jerry L. Johnson of Baton Rouge passed away on May 7, 2021. He was 75. He was born on September 9, 1945, in Holdenville, Oklahoma. Jerry enjoyed stellar careers working as a merchandising manager for Montgomery Ward...

Rev. Dr. Andrew Douglas
Passed away on May 04, 2021

Rev. Andrew Jackson Douglas, minister, devoted family member, trusted friend and confidant, departed his earthly home in New Orleans, LA on May 4, 2021.  He was born to the union of the late William H. Douglas and Ethel ...

Major Ora J. "Joe" Gibson
Passed away on April 28, 2021

Ora Jolynn Gibson, a good and faithful servant of God and God’s people, was born October 21, 1949, to the late Orell and Johnnie Lee Gibson in Winnfield, Louisiana.  The second (order of birth) of four children, Ora was ...

Mrs. Ann Powell Rhoads
Passed away on April 26, 2021

Ann Joyce Powell Rhoads was born on October 12,1944 in Parkersburg, West Virginia.  She was the first child of John E. Powell and Mary Joan Haddox Powell.  She graduated from Woodrow Wilson Memorial High School in ...

Rev. Terry C. Willis
Passed away on April 26, 2021

Reverend Terry Clovis Willis died on Monday, April 26, 2021 at the age of 83.  Rev. Willis was born on March 18, 1938 to Clovis and Maudlee Willis of Shreveport, LA, who were active laypersons in the United Methodist ...

Rev. Elizabeth Autry Wyatt
Passed away on April 06, 2021

Rev. Elizabeth (Liz) Wyatt passed away on April 6, 2021. Liz was born in Paris, Arkansas on January 1, 1937. She was a teacher, a pastor, an activist for social justice, a beloved grandmother, a good friend, and an ...

Rev. George Andrews Duerson
Passed away on March 17, 2021

Rev. George Andrews Duerson passed away on March 17, 2021. He was born August 4, 1935 in Shreveport, Louisiana to Charles and Louise Chaney Duerson, who preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, ...

Mrs. Patricia (Patti) Hodges
Passed away on February 25, 2021

Patricia Anne Lovelace Hodges passed away Thursday, February 25, 2021, at the age of 70. Patricia was born June 16, 1950 in Plaquemine, Louisiana.  She earned her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts at Louisiana Tech University, and...

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