Notice of Death – August 22, 2019

NATCHITOCHES PARISH:

Kimerly Michele Mitchell
August 20, 2019
Visitation: Saturday, August 24 from 12:30-2 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis in Natchitoches
Service: Saturday, August 24 at 2 pm in the Chapel of Blanchard- St. Denis

Sharon Poole
August 19, 2019
Visitation: Saturday, August 24 from 12-1 pm at the Restoration Apostolic Ministries (RAMS) Church, located at 175 Fairgrounds Road in Natchitoches
Service: Saturday, August 24 at 1 pm at the Restoration Apostolic Ministries (RAMS) Church
Interment: St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in the Bermuda Community

Billie S. Brown
August 18, 2019
Arrangements TBA

Milton Francis Roque
April 12, 1957 – August 17, 2019
Service: Saturday, August 24 at 2 pm in the chapel of the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home

Karl Sowell- “Chicken Bone” Helaire
November 1, 1949 – August 13, 2019
Visitation:Saturday, August 24 from 9:30-11 am at the Ben Johnson Auditorium, located at 400 MLK Drive in NatchitochesService: Saturday, August 24 at 11 am at the Ben Johnson Auditorium
Interment: Lawrence Serenity Sanctum.

WINN PARISH:

SPC Clayton James Horne
July 31, 1996 – August 17, 2019
Arrangements TBA


Home Rule Charter vs Police Jury

By Russell Rachal/Opinion

The Natchitoches Parish Council met in regular session on August 19, 2019.

There was an item on the agenda for the Council to consider adopting Ordinance 010-2019 allowing the residents of Natchitoches Parish to vote and make their own decision on whether they want to remain with the current form of Government, the Home Rule Charter, or go back to the Police Jury form of Government.

When presented, Councilman de Grafferied posed the question as to what the salary was going to be for each Police Juror if we reverted back to the Police Jury form of Government, and what the districts were going to be. The Parish Clerk and Councilman Paige advised that these items would be determined at a later date. After a lengthy discussion, the motion failed 3-2, with Council members Hoover, Bedgood, and Paige voting in favor, and Council members de Graffenried and Rachal voting in opposition. The motion required a two-thirds majority to pass, which would have required 4 members voting in favor.

The reason that I voted in opposition was because during the Special called meeting in June, when this Ordinance was introduced by title only, there was no mention of the repealing of the Home Rule Charter, no salaries, and no district lines being mentioned. Section 7-01 of the Home Rule Charter states that a petition to repeal or amend the charter must contain the full text of the proposed amendment, amendments, or repeal of the charter. There was never an Ordinance introduced to set any of these perimeters, although they were all listed in Ordinance 010-2019 for final passage.

In addition, Section 2-04 of the Home Rule Charter states the salary for a Council member shall be $500 per month. Council members shall not be entitled to fringe benefits including but not limited to health insurance, life insurance and retirement benefits. This sets the maximum cost to the Parish at $30,000 annually.

If we reverted back to the Police Jury form of Government, Louisiana Revised Statute 33:1233A(2)(b)(ii) states that the Police Jury, may elect, by a vote of a majority of the elected members, to be paid on a salary basis, in which event the maximum salary allowable shall be one thousand six hundred ($1,600) per month for each member of the Police Jury. A Police Jury may provide for an increase in the salary of a Police Juror serving as President of the Police Jury in an amount not to exceed four hundred dollars per month more than the salary established for members of the Police Jury. Louisiana Revised Statute 33:1233A(3) states that in addition to any other compensation or expense allowance provided by law, each parish governing authority which does not operate under a home rule charter may pay a monthly, itemized expense allowance, not to exceed two hundred dollars per month, to the members of the governing authority as payment for actual expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.

If the jurors were paid $1,600 each per month, plus the $200 expense allowance, this would total $21,600 each or $216,000 annually. If the Police Jury president was paid $2,000 per month, plus the $200 expense allowance, this would bring his total to $26,400 annually. If these were combined, this would be a cost of $242,400 to the Parish annually. This is not inclusive of the health insurance, life insurance, and retirement benefits the Police Jurors would receive. If you were to take the potential salaries of the Police Jurors and Police Jury President at $242,000 and subtract the current salaries of the Natchitoches Parish Council members at $30,000, you would see that we are saving the Parish $212,400 annually.

The Home Rule Charter sets the Parish President’s annual salary at $80,000. When you take into consideration that if we reverted back to the Police Jury form of government, it would constitute a position of Parish Administrator. Prior to the inception of the Home Rule Charter, the Parish Administrator’s salary exceeded the $80,000 salary that is afforded the Parish President under the Home Rule Charter.

Based on this information, if administered correctly, the Home Rule Charter form of government is the best of the two forms of government.

Thank you and God Bless you,

Russell Rachal
Natchitoches Parish Council
District 5
(318)652-0382


Homecoming for Brandt, Jess Jobe as NSU travels to North Texas for regular season opener

It will be a homecoming for co-head coach Jess Jobe and freshman midfielder Rachel Brandt, as the Northwestern State soccer team opens its regular season Thursday at North Texas – Denton, Texas.

The contest begins at 7 p.m.

Jobe grew up in Denton, living there throughout most of his childhood. He calls the city his hometown and first paid coaching job was at North Texas under Coach (John) Hedlund. Jobe spent one season there as the goalkeeper coach in 2010, and under his tutelage, they just allowed just 17 goals in 21 matches, posting a .78 goals against average and nine shutouts. UNT went 12-7-1 and 7-3-1 in the Sun Belt Conference.

“This game has significant meaning to me and my coaching journey,” Jobe said. “Coach Hedlund gave me an opportunity to be a part of his staff, and obviously I hold that experience very close. It’s really exciting to be back and competing against a program that has such a great tradition of winning and excellence.”

Jobe is not the only Lady Demons player or coach to be coming home for this match. Brandt, a Denton native, was an All-District player for Guyer High School in the city. Her family and friends will be in attendance for the contest.

“I am really excited to play North Texas,” Brandt said. “I’ve grown up around them and they are a really good program, so I’m excited.”

Graduate assistant Kyle Jobe played at Dallas Baptist when Jess Jobe was on the coaching staff for the women’s soccer team. He also coached with the current NSU co-head coach with a Dallas U13 team. He will return close to where he played college soccer.

The match against the Mean Green begins a difficult start to the season, with North Texas and Baylor both making the NCAA Tournament last year, with the latter reaching the Regional Final. Grambling is also coming off a successful 14-8 season, so the Lady Demons will be tested right off the bat.

“The tough starting schedule is not an accident,” Jess Jobe said. “We want to be playing the best opponents we can find to match up against. It will prepare us. We need to be stretched. We need weaknesses to be exposed and we need to find the strengths of our team. We want to find those things out and great opponents are going to do that for us.”

This is the first regular season game for each team. North Texas fell to No. 18 South Florida 2-0 and tied Central Florida in its two exhibitions. The teams last met in 2007 in Natchitoches, a match in which North Texas won 2-1.

There is a battle at goalkeeper between sophomore transfer Acelya Aydogmus and senior Kayla Bomben. Aydogmus played the first half against Little Rock last Saturday and did not face a shot, while Bomben allowed one goal and had an impressive save in the 3-1 victory in the exhibition.

In front of the goalkeepers, the defense did not let Little Rock get good looks at the Lady Demon net, as the Trojans only registered five shots with two being on net.

NSU proved it can create chances in the exhibition and put it into the back of the net, as freshman Olivia Draguicevich and sophomore Jalen Donaldson each tallied goals in the win, and Donaldson and freshman Olivia Mattsson dished out assists.

Following the trip to Denton, the Lady Demons head to Waco for a date with Baylor Sunday. They begin the season with thee consecutive games away from Natchitoches before Louisiana Tech comes in for the home opener.

Photo Credit: Chris Reich, NSU Photographic Services


NSU alum pens leadership book

Growing up in Red River Parish, Brian Sanders dreamed mostly of being a lot like his dad and grandpa, both named Jack.

“They were solid, hard-working men who taught me everything I know about people and about life,” Brian said.

He never really thought much about writing books or running a group of radio stations. But that’s exactly where he has ended up as Executive Vice President of Positive Alternative Radio (PAR) and the author of a new book, Leadership Endurance, which hit #1 on Amazon’s best seller list for Christian Leadership earlier this year.

“If you’ve ever felt like quitting anything, this book is for you,” Sanders said. The book examines the lives of four men – Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Ulysses S. Grant – deeply flawed individuals that are remembered in history as great leaders. “Flawed people have the capacity to impact the world.”

“My goal in writing the book is to help anyone who is a leader or aspires to leadership to not just make it, but to thrive and last a long time once they are in that chair,” Sanders said. “It’s one thing to be asked to lead, it’s another to be able to do it for the long haul.”

“I pastored churches and ran radio stations and did other things as a leader. Sometimes I failed miserably. God used those circumstances to humble and teach me. That’s when I decided to start studying leadership and it has become the goal of my life to better understand the influence leaders have on others.”

His pursuit of leadership and his love of history naturally led him to Lincoln and other historical figures.

“I wanted to find out how Lincoln made it. He is no doubt our greatest president, a man who came through great professional and personal tragedy and adversity to accomplish what no one thought possible. He literally brought this country back from the brink of disaster.”

Sanders grew up in Coushatta, the son of Jack and Ruth Sanders and graduated in 1986 from Coushatta High School. While in high school, he worked at Coushatta’s local station KRRP radio in the afternoons. He then attended Northwestern State University and graduated in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in history and English. After graduation, he went to New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where he garnered 59 hours toward a Masters of Divinity degree. While there, he met his wife, Kayla, and began his career in Christian Radio.

“My roots in Red River Parish run deep,” Sanders said. “The area shaped me by giving me my values and outlook on life and there isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t think about all the people here who have influenced me and sparked an interest in leadership in me even when I was a small boy.”

Sanders’ mother, Ruth, still lives in Coushatta as do their best friends, Troy and Rhonda Murray.

Sanders took about a year to write Leadership Endurance. It became a part of his daily routine after a conversation with a friend who told him, “if you want to write a book, just commit to writing two or three chapters a day and in a year, you’ll reach your goal.”

“Writing turned out to be the easy part,” Sanders said. “The editing process was brutal. And getting out there and telling my story has been no real picnic for me. I am just not used to the limelight.”

In pursuing the book project, Sanders has found himself doing video, posing for pictures, submitting to interviews and more. Response has been extremely positive, he said.

“Video has been the biggest hurdle for me. I am used to sitting behind the microphone and talking and not having a camera in my face. It’s been an adjustment, for sure.”

These days, social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn are good ways to reach a book’s potential audience, he explained. Which is why Sanders’ advisors suggested that he start doing “vlogs” or video blogs, as well as writing articles and posts about leadership and the new book. He has been featured in speaking engagements across the southeast and is hoping to visit Louisiana with a stop at Northwestern State. The focus of his talks is encouraging people.

Today, Sanders and his wife, Kayla, live in the New River Valley of Virginia with one very spoiled pup named Sprocket. He is working on two more books, one about his father Jack, who passed away last year and the leadership lessons Sanders learned from him. The second is called “Leadership Encouragement” with lessons on leadership and endurance.

Sanders’ work responsibilities for PAR present leadership challenges and real-life lessons every day for his readers, Sanders said. Created in 1985 by the late Dr. Vernon H. Baker and his wife Virginia, PAR is overseen by Sanders as EVP and its President, Eddie Baker, son of the founders. PAR owns and operates stations and networks in key markets in Virginia, Eastern Tennessee, West Virginia, Ohio, North Carolina and South Carolina. The stations provide adult contemporary Christian and gospel music, as well as Christian content available across a variety of digital platforms, including the Encouraging Radio app, available for free download for smart phones and tablets.

The underlying characteristic among people who are models of leadership and endurance? “They are all flawed,” Sanders said.

“All of us miss shots, but everybody has the potential to impact this world.”

Sanders can be reached at info@parfm.com.


Louisiana reports first human West Nile virus cases for 2019

The Louisiana Department of Health today reported the first human cases of West Nile virus for this year on Aug. 20. These initial cases are listed in this year’s first weekly Arboviral Report and shows nine WNV infections, distributed as follows:

Five cases of neuroinvasive disease: two cases in Washington Parish and one case each in St. Tammany, East Baton Rouge, and Livingston parishes
Two cases of West Nile fever: one case each in East Baton Rouge and Washington parishes

Two asymptomatic cases: both cases, one in Caddo Parish and one in Washington Parish, were diagnosed because of a blood donation

West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease – This is the most serious type, infecting the brain and spinal cord. Neuroinvasive disease can lead to death, paralysis and brain damage.

West Nile Fever – A milder viral infection in which people experience flu-like symptoms.

Asymptomatic – The majority of people who contract West Nile will be asymptomatic, which means they show no symptoms. These cases are typically detected through blood donations or in the course of other routine medical tests.

In comparison, the Department reported 53 West Nile virus cases at this time last year.

Each week, the Department will update and post the Arboviral Report with more detailed information about West Nile virus infections in Louisiana. The reports are available here.

For information about mosquitos and the dangers they pose to horses, see this news from the Louisiana Department of Agriculture.

Protect Yourself for Mosquitos

If you will be outside, you should wear a mosquito repellent containing DEET. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that repellents should contain no more than 30% DEET when used on children. Insect repellents also are not recommended for children younger than two months. CDC recommends that you always follow the recommendations appearing on the product label when using repellent.

Apply repellent on exposed skin and clothing. Do not apply under your clothes or on broken skin.
To apply repellent to your face, spray on your hands and then rub on your face.

Adults should always apply repellent to children.
Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants when outdoors for long periods of time.
Avoid perfumes and colognes when outdoors for extended periods of time.
Make sure that your house has tight-fitting windows and doors, and that all screens are free of holes.

Eliminate Mosquito Breeding Grounds

Reduce the mosquito population by eliminating standing water around your home, which is where mosquitoes breed.

Dispose of tin cans, ceramic pots and other unnecessary containers that have accumulated on your property. Turn over wheelbarrows, plastic wading pools, buckets, trash cans, children’s toys or anything that could collect water. Be sure to empty these containers each week.
Drill holes in the bottom of outdoor recycling containers. Drainage holes that are located on the container sides collect enough water for mosquitoes to breed.

Check and clean roof gutters routinely. They are often overlooked but can produce millions of mosquitoes each season.
Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish. Water gardens can become major mosquito producers if they are allowed to stagnate.

Clean and chlorinate swimming pools that are not being used. A swimming pool that is left untended by a family for a month can produce enough mosquitoes to result in neighborhood-wide complaints. Be aware that mosquitoes may even breed in the water that collects on swimming pool covers.


Support NCHS with purchase of Gym Sign

Support your home town Chiefs by purchasing a sign to advertise in The Teepee the 2019-2020 school year. New signs are $250 and sign renewals are $200. The NCHS Chiefs want 100% community participation.

Why should you buy?

4×4 extremely visible gym sign
Constant advertising, visible to all that visit the gym
Annual patronage of over 10,000 visitors per year
Increased revenue
Opportunity to help the Chiefs WIN
All proceeds go to boys and girls basketball.

Include your business name, contact information, address and email and make checks payable to NCHS Basketball. Please include a business card or logo.

You may include an electronic image or .jpg to mcoleman@nat.k12.la.us. Mail information and payment:
6513 Hwy. 1 Bypass
Natchitoches, LA 71457
Contact Coach Micah Coleman at 318-228-9819.


Pack the Bus and See a Gator!

Lakeview Jr & Sr High School had a special guest this week! Morgan Weaver from the Natchitoches Les Amies Service Organization stopped by to donate school supplies as part of their “Pack the Bus” event. In what has become an annual ritual, the Ladies of Les Amies drop by Lakeview at the beginning of each year to donate much needed school supplies for our students and visit for a few minutes. According to Principal Hymes it is these acts by community organizations that begin to build webs from our school to our communities to our businesses that will create pathways for our students to follow to help them become successful. When they see that people are invested in them they will often times begin to invest in themselves.

Thank you Natchitoches Les Amies Service Organization for your service to our students. We greatly appreciate you!


Phlebotomy training grads honored; next class starts Sept. 23

A graduation program for students who completed Phlebotomy Technician Training took place Aug. 7 at Northwestern State University for students who completed the seven-week course.

Graduates were Briana Reed, valedictorian; Dorothy Washington and Jasalan Dillon, salutatorians; Christian Weissbach, Myreah Howard, Jeanne Dennis, Bessie Wilson, Jeannette Middleton and Abbie Garner.

The Phlebotomy Technician Course was broken into two parts that included five weeks of instruction and two weeks of clinical practice. The course is designed to teach entry-level phlebotomy skills to students interested in pursuing a career in phlebotomy. Students are required to complete 100 clinical hours and 100 venipunctures before they are allowed to take the board exam. Upon satisfactory completion of the course, students are eligible to take the National Board Certification Exam on site through the American Certification Agency for Healthcare Professionals. This course also includes Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification through the American Heart Association.

The next Phlebotomy Technician Course will take place Sept. 23-Oct. 25 with classroom instruction from 6-9 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Students will complete clinical lab studies Oct. 28-Nov. 8 working Monday-Friday.

The cost to participate is $850 plus $150 paid directly to the instructor the first night of class to cover National Board Certification and a materials fee. Minimum payment of $425 must be included with registration and does not include material fee or board fee. Remaining balance must be paid through checkout. nsula.edu prior to Monday, October 21.

Students must provide proof of high school diploma, GED or official transcript and have a set of solid scrubs for clinical days. Students must purchase required textbook prior to the first night of class: Phlebotomy Essentials, 6th edition (Wolters Kluwer). This book is not available through the NSU bookstore but may be purchased through a variety of locations. The book may also be checked out from the instructor at no cost. However, it must be understood that if it is returned damaged or not returned at all, there will be a $60 fee that must be paid before being allowed to sit for the National Board Examination.

Classes will take place in Room 100 South Hall on the NSU campus. Sherry Hinton, CPI with Stick It Phlebotomy will be the instructor.

To register for classes, go to checkout.nsula.edu.


NSU names Lisa Harris HR director

Northwestern State University has named Lisa Harris Director of Human Resources for the University.

Harris previously served as a human resource analyst and supervisor at Pinecrest Supports and Services in Pineville. Prior to that position, she worked in administration for the city of Alexandria director of personnel, chief of policy and planning and cooperative endeavor monitoring and director of community services. She was also CEO of YMCA of Central Louisiana.

Harris earned a Bachelor of Arts in Radio, Television and Film at the University of Louisiana at Monroe and is a Senior Certified Professional (SCP) by the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA).

“I am honored to be a part of the Northwestern State University staff. I am excited about the opportunity to support the management of this great University through the planning, directing and coordination of various HR processes.”

Harris is a member of the Society for Human Resources and Management (SHRM), the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA) and the Central Louisiana Society for Human Resources Management (CLHRM) where she chairs the Diversity Committee. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Alexandria Museum of Art and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

Harris is married to Destin M. Harris of Alexandria and has two children, Devin, 26, Lauryn, 19, and a granddaughter, Lennox Rose. The family attends Zion Hill Church Family in Pineville.


Patsy Ward-Hoover; Candidate for Parish Council

I am Patsy Ward Hoover, vying to be re-elected to the Seat of Parish Council, District 2. First, let me Thank You for your vote of confidence –January 2020 will mark four years of public service on your behalf.

A lifelong resident of Natchitoches Parish, I am married to Edward J. Hoover. I have three daughters, Ulisa Ward Walker, and Roshunda Ward, both graduates of Northwestern State University, and Renita Ward Williams; a graduate of the Louisiana School for Math Science and the Arts (LSMSA), Louisiana State University, and Southern Law School, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I have six grandchildren and one great grandchild.

My religious and community affiliation include membership at Pentecost Baptist Church in Natchez, Louisiana. As a community activist since the age of nineteen, I have been involved with numerous community related activities and organizations. Several have included being an organizer of the Natchitoches Bi-Racial Committee; a member of the Natchitoches Voter’s League for over thirty years, and a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Chapter 64. Additionally, I have served as a Host Parent for the LSMSA. As a former owner of God’s Bookstore and Art Gallery, and Proprietor of His workmanship, Incorporation —bookstores that carried religious material, I worked with and shared my goods and services with many people where relationships with them and the community were soundly built.

I was re-elected to the Natchitoches Police Jury. During my service with them, I have received an Awards of Merit in February, 2018. I also received a resolution presented by the Natchitoches Parish Council for being the first African American female to serve as a member of the Parish Council. The Parish Council also elected me to serve as the Council Chairperson for the year 2017. Another community activist organization in which I was a member presented me a Volunteer Appreciation Time and Talent award. This was bestowed on me by Natchitoches Nursing and Rehabilitation, 2018.

Additional awards I received as a result of my involvement with people and having built wonderful relationships have included the You-Make-A-Difference Award, Natchez Heritage Festival, City of Natchitoches Women History Month Community Service Award from the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Achievement Award for Outstanding and Dedicated Service in the Community, the State of Louisiana House of Representatives for Community Service Award, Delta Sigma Theta Business Award, African American Women in Business, and the People’s Involvement Police Jury Award.

STATEMENT

 

I pledge to continue to work according to my God-given ability to serve the people of Natchitoches Parish and to keep them informed. In District 2, there are approximately 8,500 people. I will be walking door-to-door trying to reach each one of you between now and election time of October 12, 2019. If by chance I miss you, please accept this statement and effort as one, once again, soliciting your support to represent you on the Parish Council for District 2.

On October 12, 2019, I am asking for your vote to return me, a person who has the knowledge, experience, and expertise to serve you, the people, on the Parish Council for District 2.

Re-elect Pat ward Hoover, Parish Council, District 2.
May God bless you All.


NPSB: Transition Specialist and Assistant

Job Title: Transition Specialist

Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree and additional trade or vocational training or equivalent. Preferred: a minimum of two years of college work in special education, vocational education or rehabilitation courses.

Experience: Minimum of 5 years of paid related work experience; experience working in a school setting; knowledge of distinguishing qualities of special education populations; experience with computer processing (Word, Excel, etc.); ability to organize daily tasks; office functions and schedules; valid LA driver’s license and ability to provide own transportation; ability to work in a flexible, cooperative and professional manner; project good interpersonal communication skills; ability to work independently, prioritize tasks, and utilize effective time management skills.

Responsibilities: Provide transition services to students with disabilities within Natchitoches Parish School System to include, but not limited to; maintaining work records for PRE-ETS and WBLES, job exploration counseling, work-based training programs, workplace readiness training, counseling on transition and post-secondary training programs and instruction on self-advocacy.

Reports to: Natchitoches Parish Transition Facilitator

Terms of Employment: 12 months

Apply to:
Natchitoches Parish School Board
Ms. Linda Page, Personnel Director
Ms. Toni Bennett, Director of Exceptional Student Services

Job Title: Transition Specialist Assistant

Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree or Associate Degree or equivalent college hours with additional training in data management, vocational education, transition, or equivalent. Preferred: Previous work with budgets, data management, education, or transition.

Experience: A minimum of three years of paid related work experience; experience working in a school setting; experience with computer word processing, database management and spreadsheet applications; ability to organize daily tasks, bookkeeping functions and schedules; valid LA driver’s license and ability to provide own transportation; availability to work scheduled hours outside of regular work/school day, if appropriate; ability to work in a flexible, cooperative and professional manner; project good interpersonal communication skills; prioritize tasks and utilize effective time management skills.

Responsibilities: Provide transition services to students with disabilities within Natchitoches Parish School System to include, but not limited to; maintaining work records, job exploration counseling, work-based training programs, workplace readiness training, counseling on transition and post-secondary training programs and instruction on self-advocacy.

Reports to: Natchitoches Parish Transition Facilitator

Terms of Employment: 12 months

Apply to:
Natchitoches Parish School Board
Ms. Linda Page, Personnel Director
Ms. Toni Bennett, Director of Exceptional Student Services


Notice of Death – August 21, 2019

NATCHITOCHES PARISH:

Sharon Poole

August 19, 2019
Visitation: Saturday, August 24 from 12-1 pm at the Restoration Apostolic Ministries (RAMS) Church, located at 175 Fairgrounds Road in Natchitoches
Service: Saturday, August 24 at 1 pm at the Restoration Apostolic Ministries (RAMS) Church
Interment: St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in the Bermuda Community

Darlene Monette
January 21, 1964 – August 17, 2019
Visitation: Thursday, August 22 from 10-10:30 am in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, located at 318 North Street in Natchitoches
Service: Thursday, August 22 at 11 am at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home

Billie S. Brown
August 18, 2019
Arrangements TBA

Milton Francis Roque
April 12, 1957 – August 17, 2019
Service: Saturday, August 24 at 2 pm in the chapel of the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home

Karl Sowell- “Chicken Bone” Helaire
November 1, 1949 – August 13, 2019
Visitation:Saturday, August 24 from 9:30-11 am at the Ben Johnson Auditorium, located at 400 MLK Drive in NatchitochesService: Saturday, August 24 at 11 am at the Ben Johnson Auditorium
Interment: Lawrence Serenity Sanctum.

RAPIDES PARISH:

Gerald John Leglue Sr
November 8, 1929 – August 20, 2019
Service: Thursday, August 22 at 11 am at St. George Catholic Church in Baton Rouge

RED RIVER PARISH:

Wanda Jean Dickerson
January 22, 1935 – August 17, 2019
Visitation: Thursday, August 22 from 10-11 am at Martin Baptist Church
Service: Thursday, August 22 at 11 am at Martin Baptist Church
Interment: Martin Cemetery

Joseph “Joey” Mitchell Cole
February 23, 1968 – August 17, 2019
Visitation: Wednesday, August 21 from 5-8 pm at the Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home
Service: Thursday, August 22 at 11 am at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home Chapel
Interment: Bethany Cemetery

SABINE PARISH:

Charlene Ann McCormic
February 2, 1960 – August 20, 2019
Visitation: Thursday, August 22 at 12:30 pm at Oak Hill Baptist Church
Service: Thursday, August 22 at 3 pm at Oak Hill cemetery

Sherrill Louise Anslinger 
July 20, 1937 – August 17, 2019
Service: Thursday, August 22 at 11 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church
Interment: St. Joseph Cemetery

WINN PARISH:

SPC Clayton James Horne
July 31, 1996 – August 17, 2019
Arrangements TBA