Fair Park Class of '53 Memorials

Commemorating Dear Classmates Who Have Gone On


Glenn Eugene Sandifer
    April 25, 1935 – January 20, 2018     

Peggy Mason Wolfe
    June 3, 1935 – November 24, 2017     

Johnny Provenza
    October 5, 2017     

Sue Ann Gunnells Melton
November 24, 1934 – August 15, 2017     

Richard Gene Smith     

Barbara Geneux Offutt April 27, 2017     

Obituary for Barbara Offutt Barbara Ann Offutt, age 82, of Royse City, TX, passed away April 25, 2017. She was born August 4, 1934, in Shreveport, LA, and lived in Texas for the past 25 years. Barbara cared about people and wanted to know if they knew the Lord. A born again Christian, she led many others to Christ. Barbara was a prayer warrior and had a gift for prayer and intercession. She is survived by her son: Rodney Offutt and wife Tammy; granddaughter: Ashleigh Offutt; grandson: Wayne Culberson; sister: Sandra Strickland and husband David; numerous nieces and nephews; and other family members including: Charles and Linda Offutt, Marvin and Georgia Offutt, Michael Offutt and Cheryl Spradling and their families; along with a host of loving relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her mother; sister: Linda Stephenson; and son: Allen Offutt. A memorial service will be held 1:00pm Monday, May 15, 2017, at Rest Haven Funeral Home - Royse City Chapel with Pastor Rick Donaho officiating.

David Matthews March 21, 2017     No Obiturary available

Harold Glenn Semon

Published in The Shreveport Times January 25, 2017

Harold Glenn Semon Harold Glenn Semon died peacefully at home on January 21,2017 at the age of 81. He Is survived by his wife of 30 years, Barbara Powell Semon and her three daughters LeslIe Bankston of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Susan Buhrer of Shreveport, LA and Jennffer Ruggles of Seattle, Washington; his sons Dr. Michael Semon of Blrmlngham, AL, Russell Semon and Wife Kathy of Shreveport, LA, Terry Semon of Shreveport, LA and his daughter Bethanl Funderburk and husband Ed of Fort Worth, TX.; his brother, David Semon of WashIngton Cltyt Utah; as vJe11 as 16 grandchlldren and 6 great grandchrldren. He was preceded In death byhls father, John Edgar Semon; his mother Francls"Fanny' Hartsfield Semon; hls brothers, RIchard "Bubba" Semon, JImmy Semon, Olin Semon, Eugene Semon, John Edga r Semon, Jr. and hIs Sisters, KatherIne Semon Bryan and Lolita Semon Heard. Harold was born on Aug u st 20, 1935 In Shreveport, Louisiana. He graduated from Fair Park High School In 1953 and attended Centenary ColI'ege where he was honored to sing In the Cente- nary College ChoIr. He served In the Army from 1955-1961 and was stationed In Aberdeen, MD where he met and was married to Nonle Grace Semon for 25 years, wfth whom he had four chlldren he dearly loved. FollOWing hIs Father's footsteps Harold devel- oped an Interest In construction. He worked for Handyman Inc. for many years and In the early 1980's he established hls company Homework by Semon. A. msmorral sarvlce wlll be held to celebrate hts life at Broadmoor BaptIst Church, MemorIal Chapel on Frlday, January 27,2017 at 11 :OOa.r1'"\. The famrly Invltas you to vlslt tho hou r prior to the service In the Chapel. HIs practlce of generosltywrll also be carrled on as the request ls made that In Ileu of flowers, donatIons be made to: Broadmoor sapttst Church MIssIons, 4110 Youree Dr., Shreveport, tcutslana 71105.

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Sue Howard
(1935 - 2016)

Sue Howard, Class of 1953, passed away on September 19, 2016 in Cleveland Texas. It was her wish to be cremated with no services.

Martiel Bowden
(1935 - 2014)

Published in Dallas Morning News on Sept. 11, 2014

Martiel Bowden 1935 - 2014 Obituary Condolences

BOWDEN, Martiel Dec. 29, 1935 - Sept. 7, 2014 The world became a brighter place on December 29, 1935 when Martiel Bowden was born in Zwolle, Louisiana. Growing up as a minister's daughter, her father inspired her to be a genuine, loving and caring person. On June 15, 1957, she married the love of her life, Donald Wayne Bowden, and shared 55 beautiful years with him. Her greatest source of joy was her family and the love they continue to share together. Martiel is survived by her four children: Gloria Daune Gleaton, Andra LaVonne Wesley, Joe Darren Bowden and Peter Dwayne Bowden, and their spouses and partners, respectively: Dick Gleaton, Scott Wesley, Elizabeth Wolfson, and Kelly Bowden. Her grandchildren are Jessica Wesley-Rock and partner Ryan Rock, Heather Cozad and husband Traber Cozad, Sarah Gleaton, Ryan Wesley, Matt Bowden and Peri Bowden. Her great-granddaughter is Riley Annabelle Rock. Martiel's career reflected her giving spirit and was one dedicated to serving others. While living in Shreveport, she was a secretary for Sunset Acres Baptist Church. After moving to Dallas, she was an administrator for Tejas Girl Scout Council and Scottish Rite Hospital.Anyone lucky enough to have met Martiel quickly realized that a higher plane of love is possible. She was simply an inspiration to us all - to be better, to try harder, to treat each other with respect and love, and to appreciate the most important things in life. Memorial services will be held Saturday, September 13th at 2:00 PM at Lake Highlands Baptist Church, 642 Brookhurst Drive, Dallas, TX 75218. Flowers may be sent to Williams Funeral Directors, 1600 South Garland Avenue, Garland, TX 75040.Memorial donations may be given in Martiel's honor to Scottish Rite Hospital online at http://community.tsrhc.org/ or by calling 214-559-7650. ' Published in Dallas Morning News on Sept. 11, 2014 - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dallasmorningnews/obituary.aspx?n=martiel-bowden&pid=172425645&fhid=2586#sthash.X8HtfZBj.dpuf

Dr. Ronald Eugene Shemwell
(1935 - 2016)

Published in The News Star on Sept. 7, 2016

Funeral services for Ronald E. Shemwell, MD, 80 of Monroe, LA will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, September 10, 2016 at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Monroe, with Rev. Tim Neustifter officiating, under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home, Monroe. Dr. Shemwell was born November 2, 1935 and passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife Virginia and his four children. He was an adored husband and father and a man of strong faith. He touched so many people in his life personally and professionally. His integrity and character were without question. Dr. Shemwell was born in Shreveport, LA and graduated from Fair Park, HS. He then went on to graduate from Centenary College with a BS Degree in 1957 and graduated from LSU School of Medicine with an MD degree in 1962. After his internship at Confederate Memorial in Shreveport, he completed his Fellowship at Ochsner Medical Foundation in New Orleans, LA in 1969. He completed his military duty in the USA Medical Corps in 1965. He was a practicing OB/GYN and joined the Woman's Clinic in Monroe as one of its first physicians. He retired from private practice in 1995 and then went on to be a clinical professor of OB/GYN at the LSU School of Medicine EA Conway Memorial Hospital where he had previously been the acting Chief of OB/GYN in 1979. Dr. Shemwell was the Co-Discoverer of the Ovarian Remnant Syndrome and the first person to use the laparoscope in the State of Louisiana. He was a Diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of both the American Association of Gynecological Laparoscopists and the American Fertility Society. He represented Louisiana for one term in the Southeastern OB/GYN Society and was the American College of OB/GYN representative on the first advisory Counsel of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology for Louisiana. Dr. Shemwell was a faithful member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church for many years. He was an avid duck hunter and cherished his time at Mallard Farms with his sons and his many friends. He is preceded in death by his father, Joseph Carlton Shemwell, his mother Mildred Stoddard Shemwell, and his brother John Howard Shemwell, and his mother-in-law and father-in-law Joseph Shelby and Virginia Cage. Survivors include his devoted wife of 55 years, Virginia Cage Shemwell, and his four children who loved him with all their hearts, Catherine Shemwell, Ron Shemwell, Clay Shemwell and Claire Shemwell Brockman. He was the father-in-law to Reba Shemwell, Ginger Shemwell, Wes Brockman, and Amber Shemwell. He is also survived by his grandchildren, whom he adored, Laine Shemwell, Annabelle Shemwell, Blair Shemwell, Rachel Santee, Randolph Brockman, Nory Brockman, and Ava Brockman. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Mike Cage, Mike Cage, Jr., Joe Cage, Randolph Brockman, Dr. Randy Hall, Jim Goldman, Dr. Richard Vines, Joe Jarred, and Joey Bales. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or St. Paul's United Methodist Church. Online Registry/Condolences: www.mulhearnfuneralhome.com Mulhearn Funeral Home Sterlington Road Monroe, LA Published in The News Star on Sept. 7, 2016

Raymond F. Zimmerman Sr.
(1936 - 2016)

Published in Shreveport Times

Raymond F. Zimmerman, Sr. passed away on Friday June 24, 2016 at the age of 80. Visitation will be held in the chapel at Osborn Funeral Home in Shreveport, on Friday July 1, 2016 from 5 - 7 pm immediately followed by a Rosary. A Memorial Mass will begin at noon on Saturday July 2, at St Joseph's Catholic Church in Shreveport. Officiating will be Monsignor Earl Provenza. Raymond was born to Joseph Charles & Alberta Elsesser Zimmerman on March 11, 1936 in Shreveport. He attended St. Vincent's, St. John's and Fair Park High School. He served 7 years in the Army & National Guard, 4 years on the Shreveport Fire Department and was a hair stylist for more than 40 years. He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and the American Legion. Growing up, Raymond was greatly influenced by his beloved uncles Willie, George and Albert. He was known by many names, but most affectionately as Uncle Raymond, Mr. Z, Papa Z and Pappaw. He was a man of many talents and had a vast array of hobbies. He was always eager to learn something new. One of his great joys was spending time with friends at Mill Creek campground in the Ozarks, and staying connected with longtime friends. Wisconsin became his home away from home. He absolutely loved to visit his kids, grandkids and the extended family he acquired during his visits there. He was preceded in death by his sisters Regina Fulco, Florence Daniels, Rita Daigle and Joanne Fulco. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Linda Clegg Zimmerman; his brother Joseph Zimmerman Jr., son Raymond F. Zimmerman Jr. (wife Vicky); daughter Regina Sobojinski (husband Steve) of Oshkosh, WI; daughter Monica Holmes (husband Jeff) of Germantown, WI., and son Greg Zimmerman (wife Holly) of Oshkosh, WI. He will be greatly missed by his 11 grandchildren - Raymond III (Trey), Emily, Hudson & Cooper Zimmerman; Alek, Julia, Ian & Alaina Sobojinski; Jared & Grady Holmes; Anna Zimmerman; and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers It would please Raymond greatly if donations were made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or the Salvation Army. Published in Shreveport Times on June 26, 2016 - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/shreveporttimes/obituary.aspx?n=raymond-f-zimmerman&pid=180455159&fhid=6593#sthash.1nbv7cgT.dpuf

Jerry Barksdale Byrd
(1935 - 2016)

Published in Shreveport Times

Jerry Barksdale Byrd Sr. Jerry Barksdale Byrd Sr. passed away on Tuesday, April 21st after a brief illness at the age of 80 years old. Funeral Services will be held Monday, April 25th at 1 p.m. at Osborn Funeral Home in Shreveport. Interment will be held at Sharon Baptist Cemetery in Union Parish at 3:30 p.m. A visitation will be held at Osborn on Sunday, April 24th from 5-7 p.m. Jerry was born on October 4th, 1935. He was the second of Frank Carl and Annie Laura Byrd's four sons. He was born to write. His work first appeared in the Shreveport Journal on December 22nd, 1948 when the first of his weekly scouting reports detailed Troup 29's activities. As he would recall later, it was "love at first byline." The troop's 13 year old scribe would go on to become the first boy scout in the Norwella Council to win the the Quill Scroll Award given to scouts who publish over 20,000 words. It would be the first of many awards as Jerry would go on to become one of the most decorated sports journalists in Louisiana history. While in junior high school he was a left tackle on Coach Frank Pernici's 7th grade Hamilton Terrace Terrors. The team went unbeaten, untied, and unscored on. Despite the team's success, Jerry realized after his freshmen year at Byrd High School and sophomore year at Bossier High School that he belonged in the press box and not the field. He transferred to Fair Park High School his junior year to take advantage of a program that helped him with his speech. He found his niche on the school's newspaper, the Pow Wow, becoming sports editor his senior year before graduating in May of 1953. He attended Northwestern State College and majored in journalism. It was here that he met many life long friends, many of whom he crossed paths with as a manager on the Demon basketball team. It was here where he would experience his greatest athletic accomplishment winning an intramural cross country race. He continued to shine with his journalism endeavors becoming the sports editor and then elected as editor of the school's newspaper, the Current Sauce, during his senior year. He graduated on May 28, 1957 and started work at 6 a.m. the following morning at the Shreveport Journal. It was an underwhelming beginning. The first two days consisted of reading the Associated Press Style book. The third day on the job he had his first article - "Entries Pouring In for Junior Olympics." About 10 years later, despite the racially charged culture that existed at the time, it was Jerry who took a picture of Valencia High School's Lavert Howard and put it the sports section without asking. He would later write that he did it because it was "the right thing to do." In 1970 Jerry would become Sports Editor of the paper and would remain in that capacity until the Journal ceased publication in 1991. The most famous accomplishment was having a column in every weekday edition for over six years. "The streak" ended at 2,131 - one more than Lou Gehrig's record of 2,130 consecutive games as a New York Yankee - due to a faulty gall bladder. After his time at Journal he would serve as the sports editor of the Minden Press Herald for one year before moving to the Bossier Press Tribune, where he would serve in that capacity from 1993-2012. He continued to write columns for one more year. In 1992 he became the first person to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Louisiana Track & Field Coaches Association. He is the only sportswriter to be selected "Mr. Basketball" by the Louisiana Basketball Coaches Association. In 1996 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Louisiana Sportswriters Association. In 2001 he became only the second sportswriter to be inducted in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame. In 2005 he received the Contribution to Amateur Football award from the S.M. McNaughton Chapter of the National Football Foundation.In 2006 he received the Nth Degree from Northwestern State University for lifetime achievement. In 2012 he was inducted into the Ark-La-Tex Sports Museum of Champions. When he wasn't writing columns or accepting awards he was coaching hundreds of youth swimmers as a coach for the City of Shreveport Swim Team, or motivating future Olympic athletes by buying them icees as the founder and coach of the Shreveport Track Club. He was also organizing events like the High Five Track & Field Series or the Meet of Champions. Husband. Brother. Father. Sportswriter. Legend. Icon. It became difficult for great writers to find words adequate enough to encapsulate his legacy. Jerry would often write about other athletes, coaches, or people that they may not be in a class by themselves, but it doesn't take long to call the roll. While that may be appropriate in this case, his family, friends, colleagues agreed with the opinion that was plastered on Shreveport Journal delivery trucks. Jerry Byrd ...Nobody does it better. Most are blessed if they find one true love in this life. Jerry found two. He married the former Patricia "Pat" Ann Hood on June 12, 1965. The couple had two children - Tricia and Jerry Jr. Pat passed away on November 22nd, 2001. Jerry met Barbara Copeland in June of 2003 and the couple were married two months later. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Carl Byrd and Annie Laura Byrd, and his first wife Patricia Ann Hood. He is survived by his wife Barbara, son Jerry Jr. and his wife Amanda, daughter Tricia Hagan, brothers Ronald James Byrd and wife Donna, John Alan Byrd and wife Delaine, and Thomas Everett Byrd and wife Kay, grandchildren Logan Ward, Dakota Ward, Jordan Ward, Caleb Stacey, Caitlin Byrd, Emily Bailey, and Katy Bailey, as well as numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. Honoring Jerry as pallbearers will be his grandsons as well as Kevin Cavalier and Hunter Cavalier. Honorary pallbearers are all of the journalists that worked with Jerry over his 50 years in print journalism as well as the great number of coaches and athletes that he was blessed to cover. The family would like to thank Montclair Shreveport for the loving care they provided Jerry for the past eight months of his life. The family suggests that memorials be made to the NSU Foundation, 535 University Pwy., Natchitoches, LA 71497 attention: Jerry Byrd Communications Department.

Published in Shreveport Times from Apr. 23 to Apr. 25, 2016 - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/shreveporttimes/obituary.aspx?n=jerry-barksdale-byrd&pid=179716853&fhid=6593#sthash.Hlr32LMi.dpuf

Donald Phillips Sr.
(1935 - 2016)

Published in Shreveport Times

Don Phillips, Sr. SHREVEPORT, LA - Funeral services celebrating the life of Donald Irvin Phillips, Sr. 81, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, April 8, 2016 at Rose-Neath Southside Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Centuries Memorial Park Cemetery. Rev. John Harp will officiate. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at the funeral home. Don was born on March 23, 1935 in Muldraugh, PA to Charles Phillips and Lorraine Gass Phillips Miller and passed away suddenly on April 5, 2016. Don played professional baseball with Shreveport Sports. Played fast pitch softball and was a member of the Madden Construction Company team, which went to the World Competition. Bowling was a huge part of his life and he loved it. At one time Don owned a baseball card shop and was the owner/operator of Rainbow Sno for over 30 years in the same location. Don was preceded in death by his parents and his step-father, Fred Miller. Those left to cherish his memory are his loving and devoted wife of 55 years, Judy Shellhammer Phillips; son, Don Phillips, Jr. and wife, Malinda Phillips; daughter, Kimberly Ann Rainer and husband, Mattson Rainer; Don is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Honoring Don as pallbearers will be Ben Gorena, Nick Gorena, James Smiley, Jeffrey Lentz, Chris Green, and Joe Spruell.

James Wright Stockard, Jr.
(1935 - 2014)

Published in Shreveport Times

Surrounded by his family, James Wright Stockard, Jr. (Jimmy) passed away peacefully in Orlando, Florida on August 27, 2014. Jimmy Stockard was a loving, optimistic, enthusiastic, hardheaded, creative and God fearing man. He never met a stranger nor did he ever find a cheeseburger po-boy that he didn't enjoy. Jimmy was born in 1935 to James and Hazel Stockard of Shreveport, LA. He was a proud member of the Fair Park Class of 1953 and following a short stint at Louisiana Tech he joined the Army to see the world. He spent three years in the Army's 11th and 82nd Airborne Division out of Ft Kobbe in the Panama Canal Zone. He stated that after his Army "maturing experience", he came home to Shreveport and married his lovely wife Peggy Anne Murphey in 1958. They both attended college together at Northwestern in Natchitoches where he earned both a B.A. and M.Ed. degrees. While supporting his wife and three children Jimmy would go on to earn a Ph.D. in 1970 from LSU. He served on the Caddo Parish School Board for 28 years in positions ranging from classroom teacher to assistant superintendent. He spent 13 years in Alabama as a professor at Auburn University and then returned to his beloved state of Louisiana where he would serve on the faculty of LSU until his retirement in May of 2011. Jimmy will be remembered fondly by his family and by his friends. He was the Auburn and then LSU professor whose classes students always looked forward to attending. He was everyone's most enthusiastic cheerleader offering words of encouragement and solid advice. He was a connoisseur of Louisiana cuisine and music and he was the LSU Tiger's most loyal fan. He was full of laughter and love. His grandchildren and children may fondly remember him as "Big Time" and as the family's most proficient belly drum player and "snacky-poo" artist. He is survived by his wife of 56 years Peggy Murphey Stockard of Orlando, Florida and children Renee (Steve) Peralta of Baton Rouge, LA, Jennifer (Tim) Huckaby and Trey (Gail) Stockard, all of Orlando, FL. He is also survived by five grandchildren Ashley Anderson, Amanda (Kevin) Gleason, Sean Huckaby, Alyssa Peralta and Sophia Peralta and four great-grandchildren, Megan Wainwright, Chanden Anderson, Michael Gleason and Aaliyah Huckaby, sister Joanie (Larry) Samms of Hempill, TX and sister-in-law Frances Murphey of Shreveport, LA. He is preceded in death by his parents Hazel and James Stockard of Shreveport, LA. Funeral service will be conducted on Monday at 11am at Centuries Memorial Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Centuries Memorial Park. Family will receive friends on Sunday from 5 to 7pm at the funeral home. You may share words of comfort with the family by visiting www.centuriesmemorialfh.com

James Carter
(1935 - 2015)

Published in Shreveport Times

Dr. James Edward Carter, age 80 years, passed away on January 26, 2015 in his son's home in Shreveport, Louisiana after a short illness. Visitation will be from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., Thursday, January 29, 2015 in the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church, Natchitoches. Graveside services will be conducted by Reverend Tommy Rush, Dr. Scott Tatum and Dr. Perry Webb on Friday, January 30 at 10:00 a.m. at the Centuries Memorial Cemetery, Shreveport, Louisiana. "Sonny" Carter was born on January 19, 1935 in New Edinburg, Arkansas to the union of Edward F. Carter and Carrie Sue Reaves. James was a graduate of Queensborough Elementary School and Fair Park High School in Shreveport. He graduated from Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana with a B.A. in History in 1957. He also earned a Master of Divinity (1960) and PH.D. in Church History (1964) from Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He received the Albert Venting Jr. Memorial Award (1961) and the Freedoms Foundation Award (1971 and 1979) by Southwestern and was named the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by Louisiana College in 1979. Dr. Carter began his ministry in 1955 as the pastor of Wise Memorial Baptist Church in Lena, Louisiana. He served as the pastor of four other churches in Louisiana and Texas over the next 33 years, including the First Baptist Church of Natchitoches (1964 -1977) and the University Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas (1978 - 1988). He completed his ministry as a "minister to ministers," serving as the Director of Church-Minister Relations for the LA Baptist Convention, Alexandria, Louisiana from 1988 to 2000. He also served twice as the interim pastor of the First Baptist Church of Shreveport and wrote the sesquicentennial history of the church, To See and Serve Jesus. A prolific writer as well as a noted teacher, he authored 19 books and wrote the weekly Sunday school lessons in the "Baptist Message," the paper for Louisiana, from 1967 - 1978 and the "Baptist Standard," the Texas state paper, during 1979. He also served as the President (1973) and Vice-President (1970) of the Louisiana Baptist Convention and served on its Executive Board from 1968 - 1977. He was also an active member of the Rotary Club, the American Society of Church History and the Southern Baptist Historical Society. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Carole Ann Hunter Carter. He is survived by his sister, Peggy Sue Carter Underwood of Monroe, Louisiana, and children James Craig Carter and wife Roni of Leawood, Kansas, Edward Keith Carter and wife Robin of Shreveport, Louisiana, and Chyrisse Ann Carter Miller and her husband Keith of Austin, Texas. Fourteen grandchildren survive him: Megan Carter Stair and her husband Sean, Rachel Carter, Rebecca Lara and her husband Michael, James Hunter Carter, Clair Carter Lovett and her husband Sean, Meredith Carter Conanan and her husband Esmeraldo, 1st Lt. Grant Miller, Lacie Kennedy and her husband Chris Kennedy, Matthew Reaves Miller, Hannah Carter, Thomas Martin Carter, Camille Carter, Caroline Miller, Seth Carter and two great-granddaughters, Francis Lovett and Skye Stair. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Jack H. Stokeld, spouse of deceased sister, Elizabeth Ellen Carter Stokeld of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, his sister-in-law, Jimmie Ruth Hunter Butler and her husband the Hon. Robert Y. Butler of Arcadia, Louisiana, and brother-in-law, Ted A. Hunter and his wife Martha Hayes Hunter of Shreveport. Four nephews and two nieces also survive Dr. Carter - Carrie B. Underwood, Marc Carter Stokeld, John A. Hunter, James H. Hunter, Ellen Sue Pickering and Jill Elizabeth Stokeld. The family expresses heart-felt appreciation to Mattie Jackson, Hattie Jackson and Snola Jackson, Feberine Thomas, and Mrs. Sara Leary for their tender care of our father during his illness. We are also grateful to the outpouring of love and support provided by friends and to our brother and sister-in-law, Keith and Robin, who provided hospice service in their home. Memorial donations can be made to the charity of cause of the donor's desire.

Carole Carter, 79 years of age, passed away June 22, 2014. Carole was born June 14, 1935 in Logansport, LA.
Carole Ann Hunter Carter
(1935 - 2014)

Carole Ann Carter
(June 14, 1935 - June 22, 2014)
Graveside services for Carole Ann Carter will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at Centuries and Hillcrest Cemetery in Shreveport, LA with Rev. Thomas Rush and Rev. John Alley officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm on June 25, 2014 at Blanchard - St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches, LA.
Carole Carter, 79 years of age, passed away June 22, 2014. Carole was born June 14, 1935 in Logansport, LA.

She is survived by her loving husband, Dr. James E. Carter of Bermuda, LA; her two sons, James Craig Carter and wife Roni of Overland Park, KS and Edward Keith Carter and wife Robin of Shreveport, LA; one daughter, Chyrisse Ann Carter Miller and husband Keith of Austin, TX; fourteen grandchildren, Megan Carter Stair, Rebecca Helms, Hunter Carter, Rachel Carter, Clair Carter Lovett, Merideth Carter Conanan, Lt. Grant Edward Miller, Lacie Helms, Matthew Reaves Miller, Hannah Carter, Thomas Martin Carter, Camille Carter, Caroline Templin Miller, and Seth Dawkins Carter; one great grandchild, Francis Loraine Lovett; one sister, Jimmie Ruth Butler and her husband, The Honorable Robert Butler of Arcadia, LA; one brother, Ted Anthony Hunter and wife Martha of Shreveport, LA; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James "J.H." Hunter and Louis Templin Hunter.

Derrell Jean Witteborg Sorrell
(1935 - 2014)


GREENWOOD, LA - Derrell Witteborg Sorrell wife of George M. (Sonny) Sorrell Sr. passed away on June 9, 2014 in Shreveport, LA. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, June 12, 2014 at Rose-Neath's Southside Chapel. Officiating will be Reverend Chad Hardbarger, Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church. Interment will follow in Forest Park West Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 12 noon until 2:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

Derrell was born in Wharton, TX on June 6, 1935. Then, while residing in Galveston her love of the beach and ocean grew to be a special part of her life, always returning for a visit with her children and grandchildren. After moving to Shreveport as a teen, she and George became high school sweethearts graduating from Fair Park High School in 1953. She worked for United Gas until they were married on June 30, 1956 at Ingleside Baptist Church. While still living in Shreveport, Derrell and George had three children and the pride and joy of their lives. The love they had for their children extended to raising and riding horses and livestock which resulted in 4-H projects which brought the family so much pleasure. In 1975, the Sorrell family moved to Houston, TX. Derrell worked for Spring ISD. They were blessed with six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. After retiring in 1989, Derrell and George moved to Center, TX with their son and three of their grandchildren where they began to work with many school activities and the 4-H horse project. In 2004, Derrell and George returned to Shreveport in the Greenwood area.

Derrell was preceded in death by her father, E.F. Witteborg Sr. and mother Norma Owens Witteborg. She is survived by her husband, George Sorrell, Sr.; daughter, Diana Porter and husband, Mike of Shreveport; sons, George Sorrell Jr. of Austin, TX, Grant Sorrell of Cambodia; brother, E.F. (Sonny) Witteborg and wife, Jo Ann of Shreveport; grandchildren, Jason and wife, Amanda, Marcy, Ashley and husband, Patrick, Boone, Luc, and Landry; great-grandchildren, Adam, Hunter, Nathan, Leah, Presley, Jackson, and Saylor; her dearest friend, Beverly Hillhouse that was with her always; many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A special thanks to Dr. Craig Miller and staff, Dr. James Smith and the Collins class of Emmanuel Baptist Church that was so kind to her during her lengthy illness.

Pallbearers will be Floyd Hillhouse, Charles Hickman, Gary Johnson, Richard "Skip" Shirley, James Howard and David Hanson.

Patsy Ann Hyatt Eaton
(1936 - 2014)
1/17/1936 - 4/15/2014
Services for Pat Eaton, 78, of Liberty City will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 19, 2014, at the First Baptist Church of Liberty City with Reverend Bruce Wells officiating.  Burial will follow in the Rosewood Park Cemetery in Longview.  Mrs. Eaton passed away on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 in Longview.
Mrs. Eaton was born January 17, 1936 in Houston, Texas to the late Dennis Howard and Eulalia Belle Hyatt.  Patricia was a teacher, devout Christian and was a member of  Highland Park Baptist Church.  She loved to travel, especially to Alaska and Europe.  Mrs. Eaton was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and homemaker.  She above all else enjoyed spending time with family and friends, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Patricia will be truly missed by all the loving family and friends she leaves behind.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years Charles Eaton of Liberty City; daughter and son-in-law Angela and David Bryan of Liberty City; three sons and daughters-in-law Lane and Cheryl Eaton of Liberty City, Mark and Beth Eaton of Longview and Scott and Rebecca Eaton of Liberty City; grandchildren Candace Stafford, Jeremy Wilkins, Max Wilkins, Luke Eaton, Paul Eaton, Kyle Eaton, Laura Maksim, Jacob Eaton, Daniel Eaton, Lesta Eaton, Charlotte Eaton, David Eaton, Jared Eaton, Morgan Martin, Wesley Eaton, Sean Eddington and Chase Eddington; six great grandchildren Skylar, Dylan, Wyatt, Jake, Rob and Rhett as well as many other loving family and friends.
Patricia is preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.
Memorials can be made to the First Baptist Church of Liberty City Building Fund, 4714 F.M. 1252 West, Kilgore, Texas 75662.
The family will receive friends at Rader Funeral Home Friday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.

Mary Baker Brewer
(1935 - 2014)

Mary Baker Brewer passed away peacefully on February 9th, 2014 surrounded by family. Mary was born on December 9, 1935 in Shreveport, LA to Russell Norris and Mary Amelia Baker. She was a 1953 graduate of Fair Park H.S.

There to greet her in paradise are her loving sons, Donnie Russell Brewer and Jack Roy Brewer, Jr. Left to cherish her memories are her husband of 59 years, Jack Roy Brewer, her sisters Alice Baker Demmon (Alan) and Marjory Graham LaGrone (Harold), daughters Amelia Brewer Adams (Steve) and Patricia Brewer Ley (Kurt), grandchildren, Jerome, J.P., and Ben Adams, Drew, Dan, Matt, Mary, Joe, and Claire Ley, Donnie Brewer (Sarina) and Casey Brewer Robinson (Lee), nine great grandchildren, and many others who knew her as "Nana".

Mary loved everyone and considered them all her family. She always had an open heart and pocket book for the poor and broken hearted. Her wishes were that in lieu of flowers, gifts or contributions be made to organizations dedicated to the poor and most vulnerable in society.

A memorial service to honor Mary will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, February 14th at Asbury United Methodist Church, Bossier City, LA. You may offer condolences and sign the online guest book by visiting www.shreveporttimes.com

Deceased Members
of the Class of '53
(their yearbook photos)

Bobby Jack Anders

Larry Bagot

Huey Pierce Berry

Jimmy Brady

Joey Brown

Ann Bryant

Jeanene Busey

Mary Jane Carter

Billy Claycomb

Jimmy Clemens

Tommy Davis

Elizabeth Denson

John Finch

Kenneth Fountain

Jack Gorman

Charles Gray

Mary Griffis

Maxine Hammack

Don Hopper

Donald J. Johnson

Gerald Johnson

Shirley Kelly
Harold Lowery

Horace R. Lowery

Jimmy McCary

Jerry McComic

Bobbie Michwich

Jack Monroe

Ann Norman

Betty Jean Norris

Wayne Pickett

Jo Ann Rambin

Bo Ratcliff

Iris Reaves
Kenneth Reavis

Charles Riddick

Billy Riley, Jr.

Laron (Ron) Rockett

Mary Helen McCleskey

Dan Sims

Bobbie Smith

Gail E. Smith

Guynelle Standley

Howard Henry Stroud

Shirley Ann Friday

Donald R. Tinsley

Bettye Thomas

Bicky Torry

Dwayne Tracy

Jack Wilkinson

E. A. Wilson

Joe C. White

Wynell Winn

Billy Worrell

Frank D. Zellner

Joe E. Edmonds
Carolyn Mitchell

Benton "Bingo" Neal

Earnest Crain

Jimmie Wayne Starnes, Sr.

Robbie C. Oliver, Jr.

Rudolph "Buck" Jones
John "Butch" Upchurch

Dimitri Haddad

Charles Schillinger

Lenial Bayne Fargerson, Jr.

Reba Dickson Sherville

Martha Dean Glass Garland

Edward Stanley Pierce

Lois Lockwood Brame

Harold Warren

Elza Lee Mitchell

Tyrell Leach

Dwight M. Stuart

Loyce Gibson Webb

Claude Cranor

John David Crump

Billy R. Smith

Roland Roth

Donald Matthews

Jerry Turner

Connie Howard

Raymond Sawyer

Donald Guice

Yvonne Green Bettis

Wesley Hampton

Alice Ethredge Davenport

Kay H. Gray

Sally Nugent Hintzen

Beverly Bishop Townsend

Billy Roy Jernigan

Diana Sly Pierson

Jeane McCloud Hawkins

Elizabeth Valentine Letendre

Lewis Eugene Williams

Billy Bruce
Freddy Fullbright
Jo Ann Montgomery
Edward Leeson
Marilyn Register Whitney
John L. Pickering
Bobby Gene Whitton
Robert "Peck" Rawls
Loretta Murrell
James "Sonny" Cox
Howard McCollough
Jimmy Bearden
Marion Janeil Ward (Schultz)
Dorothy Nell Tyler
William David Newell
Tommy L. Martin
Peggy Killian Shoemake
Lawrence Bell Courtney

Derrell "Zeke" Howard
Allen Philan
Jane Ferguson Breedlove
Charles Malin
Ralph Cross
Martha Swan Bonnette
Edwin Connie Lee Suggs (Soap)
Esther Houston Beeman
Albert Chris (AC) Clarke
Ray Garrard
Doris Guillory
Betty Sue Lawrence Wilkerson
Mary Louise Baker Brewer
Patricia Ann Hyatt Eaton
Derrell Jean Witteborg Sorrell
Carole Ann Hunter Carter
James Edward Carter
James Wright Stockard, Jr.
Donal Phillips Sr.
Jerry Byrd Sr.
Darlene Stewart Galloway
Raymond F. Zimmerman, Sr.
Ronald Eugene Shemwell
Martiel Flanagan Bowden
Sue Howard
Harold Glenn Semon
David Matthews
Barbara Geneux Offutt
Richard Gene Smith
Sue Ann Gunnells Melton
Johnny Provenza
Peggy Mason Wolfe
Glenn Eugene Sandifer

Memorial list in alphabetical order

Class of 1953 Reunion Committee
c/o Bonnie Spence King
5624 S. Lakeshore Drive
Shreveport, LA 71119
Phone: 903-687-3309


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