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June 7th, 2013

Anne Cook Tabarlet

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Anne Cook Tabarlet, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend, slipped into eternity to meet her Savior early in the morning on Thursday, June 6, 2013. Greeting her in heaven were her husband of 44 years Dr. Bobby Tabarlet, her parents David and Bess Cook and her brothers Donald and James. College roommate and life-long friend, Lydia David Coleman, was also in the company to greet her. Anne was born in Ruston, LA on June 15, 1930 and graduated from Ruston High School in 1947, Louisiana College in 1951 and received her Master's Degree in Education from LSU in 1958.

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James C. Swanner

James C. Swanner, age 75, of Junction City died Thursday, May 30, 2013 at UAMS in Little Rock, AR.  He was born January 14, 1938 to Charles and Mildred Swanner of Junction City.  James served in the US Navy where he served as an electronic technician Third Class N, and was responsible for maintenance of the guided missile system aboard the USS Los Angeles.

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June 3rd

Mr. Carl Bennon Smith

Funeral services for Mr. Carl Bennon Smith, age 61, of Choudrant will be held 1:00 PM Sunday, June 2, 2013 at Kilpatrick Funeral Home Chapel in Ruston. Officiating the service will be Bro. Rick Walters. Interment will follow at Indian Village Cemetery in Calhoun, LA under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston.

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May 27th

Mrs. Norma Jean Thompson Thornton

Funeral services for Mrs. Norma Jean Thompson Thornton, age 87 of Ruston, will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Ruston. The Reverend Bill Easterling will officiate the service. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Ruston under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston. Mrs. Thornton was born January 27, 1926 in Holdenville, Oklahoma to Manford James Thompson and Julia Bottoms Thompson. She died May 25, 2013 in Ruston.  She was a beautician by trade. Mrs. Thompson had many talents.

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Wray George Chicola

Wray George Chicola, age 53, passed away on Friday, May 24, 2013.  He was a native and resident of Alexandria.  He is the son of Nick and Olla Rae Chicola. He was married to Theresa Drerup of twenty years and had three beautiful daughters; Carrie Wray, Celine Marie, and Barbara Colleen.  He was also the proud grandfather of Lexie Jules Waters.  Wray was incredibly devoted to his family.

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Mrs. Jean Phillips

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Memorial services for Mrs. Jean Phillips, 77, of Choudrant were held Saturday, May 25, 2013 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Choudrant, with Brad Jones officiating. “Mamaw Jean,” as she was lovingly known by many, was born on July 21, 1935 in Little Rock, Arkansas and passed from this life on Thursday, May 23. She is preceded in death by three sisters, one brother, and one grandson, Anthony Wayne Willis. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, H. E. Phillips, Jr. of Choudrant.

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May 24th

Armede Wright Harrell

A celebration of the life of Armede Wright Harrell, 85, of Dubach, will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, at Salem United Methodist Church with Rev. Danny Baskin officiating. Interment will follow at Salem Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home, Ruston. Visitation will be from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Friday at Kilpatrick Funeral Home. Mrs. Harrell was born October 12, 1927 in Lincoln Parish and passed away May 23, 2013 at her home surrounded by her family. She was a strong Christian woman who was a faithful, lifetime member of Salem United Methodist Church.

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Bobbie Rose Nick Griffith

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Funeral services for Bobbie Rose Nick Griffith of Arlington, Texas, will be held 3:00 P.M. Sunday, May 26, 2013 in the chapel of Kilpatrick Funeral Home, Farmerville, with Jared West officiating. Interment will follow in the Mineral Springs Cemetery in Ruston, LA. ,Bobbie was born July 14, 1943, in Ruston, LA, and passed away May 18, 2013. She grew up in Monroe, LA, and graduated from Ouachita Parish high School in 1961.

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May 23rd

Edward E “Kit” Tinsley

Edward E. “Kit” Tinsley, 74, of Simsboro La, passed away on Sat May 18 following a brave effort to recover from a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be 10AM Saturday, May 25, 2013 in the Chapel of Owens Memorial Funeral Home in Ruston with Rev. Randy Ray officiating. Burial will follow in Antioch Cemetery near Simsboro. Kit was born Dec 13, 1938 on the family property in Simsboro and lived 70 of his 74 years on the Tinsley family home site. Kit (Papa Kit to his children and grand-children) was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed and excelled at hunting, fishing and gardening.

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Brian Lee “Butch” Smart

Brian Lee “Butch” Smart passed away May 22, 2013 in Ruston, Louisiana after a 12 year battle with cancer. He and his family were residents of Highlands, North Carolina for the past 17 years,

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