Notice of Death – January 15, 2018

Notice of Death 2017



Robert G. Crew
June 14, 1943 – January 14, 2018
Visitation: Saturday, Jan. 20 from 11 am – 1 pm at the Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches
Service: Saturday, Jan. 20 at 1 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home
Interment: American Cemetery in Natchitoches

Maudie Pace Baranowski
October 14, 1918 – January 14, 2018
Visitation: Wednesday, Jan. 17 from 5-7 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home
Service: Thursday, Jan. 18 at 11 am at Trinity Episcopal Church of Natchitoches
Interment: Memory Lawn Cemetery of Natchitoches

Loyd “Toe Joe” Wood
August 10, 1946 – January 14, 2018
Visitation: Wednesday, Jan. 17 from 5-8 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home
Service: Thursday, Jan. 18 at 2 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home of Natchitoches.
Interment: Davis Springs Cemetery in Fairview Alpha

Wayne Bostick
August 20, 1954 – January 12, 2018
Service: Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 10 am at The Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Natchitoches


Charles John “Buddy” Consenza Jr
January 1, 1940 – January 13, 2018
Service: Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 10 am at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church
Interment: Alexandria Memorial Gardens
Visitation: Tuesday, Jan. 16 from 8:30-9:30 am at the John Kramer & Son Funeral Home

Agnes Rita Andries Roberts
November 20, 1924 – January 13, 2018
Service: Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 2 pm at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral
Interment: Greenwood Memorial Park
Visitation: Wednesday, Jan. 17 from 11 am – 1:30 pm at the John Kramer & Son Funeral Home

Abigail Hahn
January 13, 2018
Service: Friday, Jan. 19 at 10 am at the Southern Funeral Home in Winnfield
Interment: Jewish Cemetery in Pineville

Susie Lynn Ashley
January 17, 1955 – January 15, 2018
Visitation: Wednesday, Jan. 17 from 5-9 pm and Thursday, Jan. 18 from 10 am – 2pm at Southern Funeral Home
Service: Thursday, Jan. 18 at 2 pm at Southern Funeral Home
Interment: Bethlehem Cemetery in Calvin

Peggy Lynn Wood
November 5, 1932 – January 13, 2018
Service: Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 1 pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Winnfield

Wilma Bernice Ireland
April 30, 1935 – January 13, 2018
Service was held Jan. 15

Winter Weather: Natchitoches Parish Closures

Closing Update 01-2018

The following schools and government entities will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 16 due to the inclement weather forecast. More closures will be added as they’re announced. This list is current as of 5:30 pm.
If you are aware of any closures not listed below email

Natchitoches Parish Schools

Head Start Centers

10th Judicial District Court

District Attorney’s Office

Clerk of Court’s Office

Tax Accessor/Collector’s office will be closed

Natchitoches Tourist Office (Tuesday’s Tourist Commission Meeting has been canceled)

St. Mary’s Catholic School

Trinity Episcopal Preschool

Oasis of Love Christian Academy

Provencal Christian Academy

CLTCC Natchitoches Campus closed tomorrow

January 16, 2018 meeting of the Natchitoches Parish Communications District Board of Commissioners is cancelled in light of expected winter storm weather conditions

Cane River Creole National Historical Park (Oakland and Magnolia
Plantations) will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan 16

Daycare closures: Cobblestones, Bright Beginnings

Lil Rascals Learning Center in Provencal closed

NLHSD behavioral health office closed January 16
Located at 210 Medical Drive ( across from autozone)

NSU’s campus: Iberville Dining Hall will operate under normal hours during the closure assuming employees can get to campus.

The Parish Council meeting for January has been moved to Monday, Jan. 22 at 5: 30 pm at the Natchitoches Parish Courthouse

From Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne-
State offices are closed in 35 parishes Tuesday, January 16  – Natchitoches Parish included  Click for the list.

***All City offices will remain open.

Waiting to hear from:

Parish Government  – Rick Nowlin

Registrar of Voters

Daycare Centers

and others

If you have a closing, please send it to or fax 318-352-9598




Snowfall amounts possible on Tuesday for Natchitoches Area

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A cold Arctic cold front will supply very cold air that will provide the Four State Region with a wintry mix consisting mostly of brief freezing rain changing over to sleet and then mostly snow Monday night and Tuesday.

A strong Arctic cold front will bring the potential for a brief period of freezing rain and sleet Monday evening followed by a changeover to snow Monday night through Tuesday. Bands of light to moderate snowfall will develop behind the front with occasional bands of heavy snow possible, resulting in widespread snowfall amounts of 2-3 inches with the potential for higher amounts of up to 4 inches. Plan on difficult travel conditions, from Monday night through Tuesday and possibly beyond.

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Faith, Family and Hard Work

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Kevin’s Gallery
A Shreveport bookstore was standing room only as Coushatta native and first time author Mary Lashonda Webber made a stop on her multi-city book tour to read excerpts from her new book “Miracles Still Happen… Trust Me.”

Ms. Webber currently makes her home in Holly, Michigan but has stayed in touch with her Red River roots as evidenced by the large contingent from her childhood church, Zion Chapel Baptist Church. Pastor Eddie Ross and about 50 Zion Chapel members made the trip to Shreveport to see her presentation. Throughout the trials and travails of her life’s journey, she has remained grounded in the ethos of hard work, faith and family that she grew up with in the Springville community of Coushatta, Louisiana.

Her book takes the reader from her childhood as the second of 6 children in the Webber family on Postell Road in Coushatta through career success, a family of her own and a recently started business. Along the way, she overcomes all manner of setbacks and obstacles. Armed with determination, unshakable faith and the values of hard work and family, she met the challenges and overcame them. Her story is a truly inspirational one!

Mary Lashonda Webber’s “Miracles Still Happen” can be obtained from Barnes & Noble or Amazon.


Christopher to present recital Jan. 25

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Cellist Paul Christopher will present a recital Thursday, Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

The concert will include works by Paul Hundemith, Ursula Mamlok and Phillip Glass.

Christopher received his Bachelor of Music Education from the New England Conservatory of Music and his Master of Music in Cello Performance from the University of Memphis.

From 1981 to 1984, Christopher was employed as a string teacher in the School District of Greenville County (South Carolina) public schools. Then he became a member of the Memphis and Charlotte symphony orchestras. From 1989 to 2004 he was principal cello of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, Shreveport Opera, and a member of the Premier String Quartet. Simultaneously, from 1993 to 1999 he also served as adjunct instructor of low strings at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. In 2005, Christopher joined the string faculty at NSU teaching low strings and music theory.

In the summers, he performed as assistant principal cello with the Peter Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Oregon. Christopher has appeared as clinician and guest artist throughout Louisiana, as well as, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Costa Rica, Honduras, Panamá and South Korea. His articles have been published in American String Teacher, Bass World, the Jacques Offenbach Society Newsletter and Strings.

Christopher has appeared on numerous recordings as a member of the Nashville String Machine with artists such as Faith Hill, Ricky Skaggs, Bruce Springsteen and George Strait. He is currently recording the cello duos of Jacques Offenbach, with seven CD’s available on the Human Metronome label. For more information, visit the low strings website at


NPSO and community pay farewell to Monroe Police Officer

Beaudion Funeral

Monroe Police, Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police, Natchitoches Police, including law enforcement and EMS across north and central Louisiana, and family and friends attended the funeral services of Monroe Police Officer Christopher Beaudion in Natchitoches on Jan. 13.

Officer Beaudion began his law enforcment career with the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office and transferred to Monroe Police in 2016 died while on duty in Monroe on Jan. 7.

The NPSO extends its thoughts and prayers to Monroe Police, family and friends of Officer Christopher Beaudion. It also thanks Natchitoches City Fire Department and Natchitoches Parish Fire District #6 for the United States Flag display over Texas Street during the funeral procession of Officer Beaudion.

Structure fire near Robeline extinguished

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Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies, Robeline Police, and Natchitoches Parish Fire District #7 with mutual aid assistance from Natchitoches Parish Fire District #6 responded to 911 reports of a structure fire in the 2700 block of Robeline-Provencal Road near Robeline on Jan. 13 at 2 pm.

While units were responding to the scene, an adjacent residence was also reported on fire.

Both residences, one owned by Penny Woodell are reported total losses.

There are no reported injuries.

Fire units remain on the scene at 4:30 pm.

The cause of the fire is currently undetermined.