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Ward, Jane Carroll Moore  
Jane Carroll Moore Ward A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Jane Carroll Moore Ward at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 20, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral with Rev. James Ferguson officiating. Interment will follow in Alexandria Memorial Gardens under the direction of John Kramer & Son Funeral Home. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Visitation will resume on Thursday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until time of service. A recitation of the holy rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m., on Wednesday, in the Kramer chapel, with Rev. Chris Nayak officiating. Jane Carroll Moore Ward, 90, of Alexandria passed away on Monday, November 17, 2014, in Grace Home of Alexandria. She is preceded in death by her parents, Alvah and Beulah Moore; her husband, Kelly Ward; and her four siblings: Beulah Bergeron, Aline Kemp, A.J. Moore and Elmer "Tiny" Moore. Carroll Ward was a multi talented musician. From her early high school days Carroll dedicated her talents as an organist and soloist for St. Frances Xavier Cathedral Church. She was the first organist at St. Frances Cabrini Church and through the war years played as many as six weddings a day. She served as the Cabrini choir director for 24 years and continued as an active choir member into her 80's. She was a member and officer of the Matinee Musical club and sang in many of the operas and performances. She was also a member of the American Guild of Organists. She played cello in the Alexandria Community Orchestra where she met her husband of over 50 years, Kelly Ward. Together they played in the inaugural concert of the Rapides Symphony Orchestra, and she continued performing with the symphony for many years. Carroll passed her love of music on to her children and grandchildren who are all actively involved in musical pursuits. She is survived by her children: Charles Ward of Tioga, Frances Johanson Collins of Pineville, Richard Ward of Natchez, MS, Elizabeth Ward-Probst of Wichita Falls, TX, and Margaret Knight of Columbia, SC; her grandchildren: Kelly Johanson of New Orleans, Ricky Richards of Pineville, Thomas Ward of Firestone, CO, Eric Johanson of New Orleans, Tiffany Pollack of New Orleans, Charles Knight of Columbia, SC, and Carol Knight of Columbia, SC; her great grandchildren: August Mitkevicius, Kiera Ward, Lucy Cheramie, and Rosy Pollack; along with numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers honored to serve will be John Neal, Kevin Neal, Patrick Moore, Dennis Moore, Paul Cheramie and Fred Collins. In lieu of flowers the memorials are preferred to the Rapides Symphony Orchestra @ 1101 Fourth St, Suite 201, Alexandria, LA 71301. To extend online notes of condolence to the Ward Family, please visit us at www.kramerfunerals.com .
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Published in The Town Talk on Nov. 19, 2014
Washington, Iona Berry Hammond  
Iona Berry Hammond Washington Services celebrating the life of Iona Berry Hammond Washington will be held on Friday, November 21, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at the The Pentecostals of Alexandria with the Reverend Anthony Mangun, Reverend Terry Shock and Gary Maxwell officiating, Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. and continue until time of services. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Iona departed this life on November 15, 2014 at Grace Home of Alexandria. She was the fifth child of the late Rev. Robert T. Berry, Sr. and Lena Gillespie Berry. Iona loved God and dedicated her whole life for God's glory. Iona always shared a kind word and Godly counsel with family, friends and others. One of the highlights of Iona's life was the academic transformation of children. She educated, encouraged and nurtured students for 30 years in the Rapides Parish School System. She was a committed and dedicated teacher at C.E. Robinson Elementary, South Alexandria Primary, Aaron Street Elementary, Poland High School and Alma Redwine Elementary where she impacted lives and was a role model in the life of the children with whom she shared her expertise as an educator and confidant. After retirement, she was asked to use her experience to assist with starting the first Pre-K Program at Reed Avenue Elementary. Iona was preceded in death by her first husband Ezil Hammond; parents, Rev. and Mrs. Robert T. Berry Sr.; four sisters: Emyrth B. Reed, Verna Lee B. Emanuel, Geraldine B. Johnson, Gloria B. Ellis, and one brother, Robert T. Berry, Jr. She leaves to cherish and celebrate her life a beloved and devoted husband of 35 years, Lionel Washington of Alexandria, LA; two dedicated, faithful and loving daughters, Faith Lorraine Hammond Johnson of Alexandria, LA and Khiem Zipporah Hammond-Reed of Atlanta, GA; one precious grandson, Joshua Glenn Hayes Johnson of Chicago, Illinois; a devoted cousin, Juanita B. Williams (Paul); Godson, Laurence Williams and a host of nieces, nephews, other relative and friends. Pallbearers will be Steve S. Ellis II, Thomas A. Bolton Jr., Joshua G. H. Johnson, Henry R. Emanuel Jr., Laurence Williams, and Michael Paul Williams. Honorary Pallbearers will be Rev. Don Berry, Steve S. Ellis, Sr., Rev. Bertrand Griffin, Jr., Bryan C. James, Louie C. Powell, Ronald Louie Powell, Paul Laurence Dunbar Williams and Arthur Washington, Sr. The family would like to thank Dr. Z. Terry Buckalew for his dedication, kindness and compassion over the years; Lexington House with a special thanks to Annissa Farris, 400 hall nurses, CNA's and Lexington's cafeteria staff for their care over the years. A special thanks to Christus Hospice and Palliative Care St. Frances Cabrini and Grace Home for the care and compassion they provided. The family would also like to thank Jeanette Cockerham for the love and special care that she gave to our loved one.
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Published in The Town Talk on Nov. 19, 2014
Woods, Lillie Mae  
Lillie Mae Woods Graveside services will be held at Antioch cemetery 518 N Antioch Rd. Quitman La. on Tuesday November 18, at 1:00 PM. The Rev. Charles Hutzler will officiate. Lillie passed away on Friday November 14 at her home in Maryville, Tennessee. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years Rev. Charles E. Woods, three sisters and six brothers. She is survived by her children Stephanie Worden, John Woods and daughter-in-law Nancy, Timothy Woods and daughter-in-law Peggy, eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Lillie was born on January 1, 1926 in Jonesboro La. As a pastors wife for nearly four decades, she served along side her husband at Alpine First Baptist, Esler Field Baptist and Calcasieu Baptist Churches. Lillie also founded and operated Woods Bar-B-Que and Catfish in Tioga La. for fifteen Years. Lillie's joy in life was caring for her family, a good cup of coffee, but above, all being a good and faithful servant of her Lord Savior Jesus Christ. She will be sorely missed. Services are under the direction of Edmonds Funeral Home, Jonesboro, LA
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Published in The Town Talk on Nov. 18, 2014
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