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Bonnette, Nelda Gaye  
Nelda Gaye Bonnette Graveside services for Nelda Gaye Bonnette, 79, of Leesville, Louisiana will be held Wednesday, December 24, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at Castor Cemetery in Leesville with Bro. Sandy Guinn officiating. Services are under the direction of Labby Memorial Funeral Home of Leesville. Visitation will be Tuesday, December 23, 2014, from 3:00 p.m until 6:00 p.m. at Labby Memorial in Leesville. Mrs. Bonnette is survived by two daughters; Patricia Ohlmeyer and husband Harvey of Lafayette, Louisiana, and Jamie Holmes of Alexandria, Louisiana; a sister, Mary Watkins of Texarkana, Texas; five grandchildren; Jake Anderson, Lindsey Horn (Jarid), Garrett Ohlmeyer, Haley Cutts and Steven Carr; two great grandchildren; Kinley Horn and Kamryn Horn. Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church in Leesville. Words of comfort may be expressed to the Bonnette Family at www.labbymemorial.com
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Published in The Town Talk on Dec. 24, 2014

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Bienvenu Jr., Dr. Oscar Joseph  
Dr. Oscar Joseph Bienvenu, Jr. Dr. Oscar Joseph Bienvenu, Jr., 84, of Natchitoches, Louisiana, passed away after a lengthy illness from complications of Alzheimer's disease on Monday, December 15, 2014, surrounded by loved ones in the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center. Joe was a native of Opelousas, Louisiana. After receiving his B.S. degree in 1950 and his M.D. degree in 1954 from Tulane University, he began practicing medicine at the Lallie Kemp Charity Hospital in Independence, Louisiana. In 1963, he became a staff physician in the Department of Cardiology at Ochsner Clinic and Foundation Hospital in New Orleans, where he created the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. In 1978 he moved to Natchitoches and started the Intensive Care Unit at the Natchitoches Parish Hospital. From 1960 until 1979, he held faculty status at the Tulane University School of Medicine and from 1994-96 was an instructor at the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport. His interest in the mind-body connection in healing ultimately led him into the field of psychiatry. After a residency in psychiatry at the LSU Medical School in Shreveport (1993-94), Joe became full-time staff physician at the Natchitoches Mental Health Clinic where he worked until his retirement in 2005 at the age of 75. Joe was a member of a number of professional and social organizations in both New Orleans and Natchitoches, holding offices in many of these. He was especially active in the American Heart Association. He was president of the Southeastern Division of the Louisiana Heart Association and was a member of the national faculty for CPR. He is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Marion Watson Bienvenu; his daughter, Marianne Terese Steckler, of Lafayette; his daughter, Eugenie Murray-Brown, of Hingham, Massachusetts; his son, Dr. Oscar Joseph Bienvenu III, of Baltimore, Maryland; and his daughter, Blanche Elise Bienvenu of Baton Rouge; five grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and his sister-in-law, Eugenie Chopin of Johannesburg, South Africa. Joe was a unique individual with a boundless zest for life that was infectious. He was a devoted husband to his wife Marion. He adored his children and took delight in his grandchildren. Joe was a devout Roman Catholic. He was a member of both Holy Cross and Immaculate Conception and served as reader at both of these churches. He was head of the Parish Council at Holy Cross for 15 years and was the first president of The Vocations Club of Natchitoches. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at The Minor Basilica of The Immaculate Conception on Thursday, December 18, 2014, with Fr. Scott Chemino serving as principal celebrant. He was buried at The Catholic Cemetery in Natchitoches. Memorial donations in Joe's name may be made to Holy Cross Catholic Church, 126 2nd Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457 or The Minor Basilica of The Immaculate Conception, 145 Church Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457.
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Published in The Town Talk on Dec. 21, 2014
Brown, Ellis M. "Peanut"  
Ellis M. "Peanut" Brown Services for Ellis M. "Peanut" Brown will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, December 22, 2014 in the Chapel of Hixson Brothers, Alexandria with Reverend David Newton and Reverend Paul Roney officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Park. The family requests that visitation be observed Sunday at Hixson Brothers, Alexandria from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and will continue on Monday from 9:00 a.m. until time of service. Mr. Brown, 78, of Alexandria passed away Saturday, December 20, 2014 at his residence, surrounded by his loving wife of 60 years, Maxine and his family. Mr. Brown was born January 8, 1936. He was a long-time member and deacon of Riverview Baptist Church. He was in the Air Conditioning/Heating business with his son and best friend Dewayne, for 21 years. He was a very devoted and loving husband and family man. Mr. Brown proudly served his country in the U. S. Air Force. He was an avid camper, gardener and outdoorsman. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ellis W. and Ethel L. King Brown; sisters, Dorothy L. Thomas, Winifred Louise Williams; granddaughter, Abbey L. Kees. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 60 years, Maxine Penny Brown; son, Kelly Dewayne Brown and wife, Cynthia; daughter, Sherrie Ann Herrin and husband, Lane; brothers, Otis W. Brown, Carol L. Brown, John R. Brown; sisters, Helen Buchanan, Alberta Desotell; grandchildren, Jennifer L. Shertzer, Heliena Morse, Thomas Brit Herrin and Kyle Mays; great grandchildren, Aiden F. Shertzer, Ivy A. Shertzer, Peyton Rusk, Alysa Rusk and Olivia B. Kees. Pallbearers will be Dewayne Brown, Lane Herrin, Brit Herrin, Kyle Mays, Luke Shertzer, Darrell R. Penny, Henry Iatesta and Paul Reina. Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of Riverview Baptist Church and Phil White. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to the Riverview Baptist Church, Youth Building Fund, 8709 Hwy 1 South, Alexandria, LA 71302. To extend online condolences to the Brown family, please visit us at www.hixsonbrothers.com .
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Published in The Town Talk on Dec. 21, 2014

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Benjamin, Lerlean G.  
Lerlean G. Benjamin Services for Lerlean G. Benjamin will be at 11:00 am on Friday, December 19, 2014 at True Vine Baptist Church in Alexandria with the Rev. Dr. Solomon Shorter Sr. officiating. Burial will be in the Garden Of Memories in Alexandria under the direction of Progressive Funeral Home. Mrs. Benjamin, 74, of Alexandria passed away December 10, 2014 at home. She is preceded in death by her husband U. L. Benjamin Sr; father Herbert Gullette Sr.; two brothers Daniel and Richard Gullette; daughter Billie Murphy; sons-in-law Terry Charles Holmes Sr. and William Cooper Jr.; godson Danny Joe Marshall; son U. L. Benjamin Jr.; grand daughter Shaterrica Johnson and great grand daughter Sha'Kira Miles and great grandsons Constant and Noah Woods. She leaves to cherish her loving memories 2 sons; 5 daughters; 4 brothers; 5 sisters; her mother Irene Dove Gullette of Alexandria; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Friends may view after 9 am on Friday at the church.
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Published in The Town Talk on Dec. 18, 2014
Bordelon, Mary "Chris"  
Mary "Chris" Bordelon Mary "Chris" Bordelon of Kolin, La died December 14, 2014. She shared her going home to Our Lord with Her Son-In-Law Kenneth Wilkins as he joined her later that same day. She was born December 24, 1945 in Cottonport, La. She was everyone's daily WAKE-UP call, Weather Announcer, Counselor, Sweet and "Fussy" Mom. Services and Mass will be performed by Fr. Remi Owamanam at St. Juliana Catholic Church at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 20, 2014 with Burial following at Palmer Chapel Cemetery Kolin La. She is survived by two Daughters, Trudy Willis and Husband Carl Willis Jr. of Kolin and Celcina Bordelon of Pineville. One Son Levy Bordelon of Pineville and Step-son Lawrence "Pookie" Bonnette of Simmesport. She has 8 Grandsons Mitchel Wells, Carl Willis III, Chance Bordelon, Kenderek Wilkins, Kendale Wilkins, Kadarius Vaughn, Zachary, Vaughn, Jarvis Vaughn and 5 Grand daughters Katie Bordelon-Wilkins, Kelsey Bordelon, Isabella Willis and Skyler Murphy, Melrissa Vaughn 2 great grandchildren, Androux Wells and Kenneli Bordelon, and three sisters Rose Dauzat of Alexandria, Cecilia Lacaze of Pineville and Joyce Lacaze of Pineville. She was Preceded in death by her husband Troy Paul Bordelon, father Joseph P. Bordelon Sr, mother Mary Joubert, 5 Brothers Joseph P. Jr., Roland, Charles, Curley, Charlie Ray, 3 sisters Evelyn Cedus, Beulah St. Andries, Jean Bordelon, and 1 Grandson Michael Bordelon. Pallbearer will be her nephew Bill Cedus.
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Published in The Town Talk on Dec. 19, 2014
Burns Jr., Archie A.  
Archie A. Burns Jr. Services for Archie A. Burns Jr. will be at 10:00 am on Monday, December 22, 2014 at Mora House Of Prayer in Mora with the Rev. Roland George and Roger George officiating. Burial will be in Flatwoods Cemetery under the direction of Boyce Community Funeral Home. Mr. Burns Jr., 87, of Mora, passed away December 18, 2014 at his residence. A Wake service will be Sunday from 5 pm until 10 pm at the church. He was preceded in death by his wife Bonnie Burns and son Pete Burns. Survivors include daughter Amey A. Nichols and son Scott Burns.
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Published in The Town Talk on Dec. 20, 2014
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