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November 29th

Elisa Michele Draper

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Elisa Michele Draper passed away on Nov. 20, 2010. Elisa was a cherished daughter and sister, devoted and loving wife and mother, and beloved teacher and colleague. She was born March 3, 1965 to Michael G. Ricca (deceased) and Jean Rini (formerly LaRue), of Ruston. She is survived by her husband Robert S. Draper, her children Michael W. and William X Draper; her mother, Jean Rini; her sisters Elizabeth Huete and Nancy Meyerowitz; and her brothers Victor, Anthony and Zachary Rini and Michael Ricca.  

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Rev. Jerry L. Adkins

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Funeral services for Rev. Jerry L. Adkins, age 79, of Ruston will be 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at First Baptist Church in Ruston. Dr. Andrew Johnson, Dr. Chris Craig, and Dr. Rick Byargeon will officiate the service. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Rev. Adkins was born in Red River Parish, LA on April 20, 1931 and died in Ruston, LA on November 28, 2010. He graduated from Mississippi College and received his master’s at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX . Rev.

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November 23rd

Donald H. Tyra

Funeral services for Mr. Donald H. Tyra, age 74 of Ruston, will be held at 2:00 PM Friday, November 26, 2010 at Owens Memorial Chapel in Ruston with Bro. Norris Corry officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Zion Cemetery in Clay under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston. Mr. Tyra was born February 23, 1936 in La Mesa, Texas and passed away peacefully at his home in Ruston Saturday, November 20, 2010.  He was a truck driver by trade working for Sanitary Dairy and Thurmon Oil Company. In his spare time, Mr. Tyra was an avid golf player.

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November 22nd

Gwynneth Sweet Peterson

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Gwynneth Sweet Peterson, 67 of Junction City, AR, died Friday, November 19, 2010 at her home following a sudden illness. Born on June 9, 1943 in Taylor AR; she was the daughter of James E. and Theo Nadine Waller Sweet. Gwynneth was a member of Corney Creek Baptist Church. She retired after 20 years with Foster and Ball Glass Co. in Simsboro, LA. Gwynneth loved her many nieces and nephews, she was very fond of Austin and Lakeon Thurmon. Gwynneth also enjoyed Louisiana Tech Athletics especially Lady Techster’s Basketball.

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J. L. Porter

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Funeral Services for J. L. Porter, age 83, of Ruston, LA, formerly of Jonesboro, will be held Sunday, November 21, 2010 at Edmonds Funeral Home Chapel at 2 PM. Burial will follow in the Antioch Cemetery in Quitman. Visitation will be from 4 PM - 8 PM Saturday, at Edmonds Funeral Home, Jonesboro, LA. Mr. Porter was born on January 25, 1927 and passed away on November 18, 2010. Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Floy C.

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Margie King Watts

Margie King Watts died unexpectedly Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, La. She was born January 15, 1926 to the late Bob and Fay King. She was a native and resident of Arcadia, LA and a lifelong member of Alabama Baptist Church. Funeral services will be 11am Saturday November 20, 2010 at Alabama Baptist Church and burial will follow at the Alabama cemetery. She is survived by two daughters Betty Watts Nichols and husband John of Memphis, TN and Judith Watts Lanclos and husband Stephen of Baton Rouge, a son, Jeffrey L.

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November 21st

Gwynneth Sweet Peterson

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Gwynneth Sweet Peterson, 67, of Junction City, AR, died Friday, November 19, 2010 at her home following a sudden illness. Born on June 9, 1943 in Taylor Ark.; she was the daughter of James E. and Theo Nadine Waller Sweet. Gwynneth was a member of Corney Creek Baptist Church. She retired after 20 years with Foster and Ball Glass Co. in Simsboro.

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November 19th

Harry L. Kimrey

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Graveside services for Mr. Harry L. Kimrey, age 79 of Ruston, will be held at Forest Lawn Cemetery at 2 pm on Saturday, November 20, 2010 with Pastor Wayne Evans officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston. Mr. Kimrey passed away at Northern La. Medical Center on Thursday, November 18, 2010, after a brief illness.   He was born March 28, 1931, in Smackover, Arkansas and graduated from Smackover High School.  He attended Southern State University in Magnolia, AR, before joining the U.S.

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J.T. Bain

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Funeral service for Mr. J.T. Bain, age 70, of Ruston will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, November 20, 2010 at Alabama Presbyterian Church. Officiating the service will be Rev. Bill Willis. Interment will follow at Sibley Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston. Mr. Bain was born November 11, 1940 and passed away at Grace Home in Shreveport on November 18, 2010 (the 49th anniversary of Peggy and J.T. Bain). Mr. Bain was a graduate of Ruston High School in 1958 and graduated from Louisiana Tech in Civil Engineering. Mr.

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November 17th

Billy Ray Cassel

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Funeral services for Mr. Billy Ray Cassel, age 80 of Ruston, will be held at Emmanuel Baptist Church at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 19, 2010 with Pastor Michael Hawley officiating.  Burial will follow at the Rock Corner Cemetery in Dubach under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston.

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