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July 28th, 2016

Todd Allen Hall

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September 19, 1954 –July 24, 2016: Suddenly, after a brief illness, on July 24, 2016, Todd Allen Hall exchanged his earthly home and body for a heavenly one.

A 1972 graduate of Ruston High School, he attended Louisiana Tech University and then served in the U.S. Air Force. He worked in computer and peripheral sales for many years before returning to his first love, medicine, as a registered nurse with a nursing degree from Lonestar College in Kingwood, Texas. Todd had been an active member of Strawbridge United Methodist Church in Kingwood, TX since 1999.

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July 27th

Ira Taylor

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Funeral services for Ira Thomas Taylor, Sr., 91, of Ruston, LA will be held Friday, July 29, 2016 at 10 AM at the Chapel of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston. Rev. Bob Deich will officiate. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Ruston.

Ira Thomas (Tom) Taylor (Lt. Col, Ret., USAF) died Monday, July 25, 2016, in Ruston, LA at the age of 91 after battling cancer.

He was born in Cisco, TX on July 17, 1925 to Ira Mae and John Thomas Taylor and spent his early years in and around the Cisco area.

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July 22nd

Eula Woodard

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Funeral services for Mrs. Eula Turner Woodard, widow of Grambling’s first mayor, will be held Saturday, July 23, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at New Rocky Valley Baptist Church, Grambling, LA.

At her 100th birthday party in April 2015, she received recognitions from Grambling State University Research Club, various church and social ministries, State Representative Patrick Jefferson, District Attorney John Belton, and President Barack Obama.

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Polly Hudson

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Mrs. Polly Ann Hudson, age 89, of Grambling, Louisiana passed away at her residence on Monday, July 18, 2016.

She was born December 14, 1927 to the parents of Harrison and Nettie Hudson who preceded her in death. Also, preceding her one son; Robert Hudson, sister; LuBertha Newton; brother; Herbert Miller.

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July 21st

William Baskin

William Sanders “Bill” Baskin of Ruston, 93, passed away at home on Monday, July 18, 2016. Bill was born in Crowville, LA on November 13, 1922 to Sanders and Gladys Kinman Baskin. He graduated from Ruston High School and received a baccalaureate degree in business from Louisiana Polytechnic Institute in 1942.

Bill served both as an active and reserve officer as Major in the USAF from 1942 to 1965, flying P-38, P-39, P-40 and his favorite, the P-51 Mustang. He was selected with six other pilots to be in the first experimental jet fighter squadron test flying the XP-59A.

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Maxine Beckham

Maxine Davidson Beckham passed away on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 surrounded by her loving family and faithful cat, Duchess. Services to honor her life will be at 10:00am Friday, July 22, 2016 at Fellowship Baptist Church in Dubach, LA, Hwy. 151 where she was baptized as a child and was a lifelong member. Bro. Connie Smith will officiate. Burial will follow at the Fellowship Cemetery where Maxine could trace her family back for 4 generations. Arrangements are under the direction of Farrar Funeral Home in Farmerville.

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Troy Anders

A memorial service for Troy Frye Anders, age 96, of Ruston will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday July 23 at Grace United Methodist Church in Ruston with Reverend Bob Deich officiating. Visitation will begin at 1:30 p.m. prior to the service.

Troy was born on February 20. 1920 in Wills Point, Texas and passed away July 18, 2016 at Life Care Hospital in Ruston.

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July 18th

Raymon Hammons

Funeral services for Raymon D. “Doc” Hammons, age 95, of Ruston, will be held at 3:00 PM, Sunday, July 17, 2016, at Owens Memorial Chapel in Ruston. Rev. Larry Emory will officiate the service.

Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Ruston under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston.

“Doc” was born and raised in Lincoln Parish. He lived in Choudrant, Ruston and surrounding areas for most of his life except for his years of dedicated military service during WWII as a member of the 456th Amphibian Truck Company in Germany and France.

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July 15th

Dorothy Pesnell

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Dorothy M. Spillers Pesnell, was born September 27, 1925 and passed away on July, 13, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, W.J. Pesnell, her father & mother, Eli Anderson Spillers and Essie Delany Hammett. The youngest of 10, she outlived all 9 of her siblings, Erma Lee Spillers Pesnell, Clifford Anderson Spillers, Orville Spillers, Jerelene Spillers Whitman Cole, Marvin Spillers, O. R. Spillers, Lamoin Spillers, Printess Spillers & Edwin Spillers.

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July 12th

Jarred Newton

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Jarred Davis Newton, of Ruston, LA, went to be with the Lord on July 5, 2016, at his home in Evans, CO. He was 29.

Jarred was born on April 26, 1987, in Ruston, LA, to Curtis and Debi Newton. He graduated from Ruston High School in 2006 and from Sydney College of Divinity in 2010. Jarred was a loving son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, and uncle (AKA Uncle Bear Bear).

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