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Spc. Duke Gilmore

Funeral Services for Spc. Duke Gilmore, 34, of the Mississippi National Guard, 1-98th CAV will be held 3:00 p.m. Sunday May 20, 2018 at the Chapel of Cox Funeral Home in Bastrop, Louisiana with Elder Reed Thomson of Spanish Fort, Utah, officiating. Honor Detail lead is SFC Mathew Neunfeldt. Eulogy will be delivered by Major Jordan Thomson of Fort Hood, Texas.

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Shelly Senter

Graveside services for Shelly Senter, 26, of Ruston, LA will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, May 10, at Wesley Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Visitation will be on Thursday, May 10, fro 11 AM - 1:00 PM at Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston.
Reynalda Michelle Senter was born on March 25, 1992 in Shreveport, LA and passed away on April 30, 2018. She was a writer, reader, and loved Arts and Crafts.

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Patrick Henry Smith

Patrick Henry Smith
b. June 10, 1930
d. May 5, 2018
Memorial services for Patrick H. Smith, Sr., 87, of Ruston Louisiana will be held at 11 am on May 10, 2018 at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.
A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Pat lived in Ruston since 1942. Survivors include his wife Lee, two sons Kevin & Patrick II, and one daughter Colleen. He was preceded in death by his brother Benjamin, sister Joe Ellen, and parents Louis E. and Joe W. Smith.

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Donald Hammons

Donald Wayne Hammons, age 86, resident of Baton Rouge, LA, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 10:00pm. He was born in Downsville, LA to Harvey and Effie Hammons. He served in the Army during the Korean War from 1953 to 1955. Don married Bonnie Jean Ozley of Arcadia on January 27, 1956. He graduated from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston. Don also received his Masters and Doctorate in Education degrees from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He and Bonnie have been residents of Baton Rouge for 58 years.

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Frederick Jewell

On June 4, 1928 a special person was born in Franklin, PA, Fred Jewell. During his teenage years, he worked on a ranch in Kansas. He also worked in the oil fields in PA. After high school graduation, he promised his mother that he would apply to 1 college; but he insisted that if he was not accepted he would continue to work in the oil field. He was accepted to Michigan State University and completed a forestry degree and a master's degree in forestry/entomology. He married Dorothy, the mother of their five children. In 1955 he completed his Ph.D.

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Ellen Hall Wilks

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Funeral services for Ellen Hall Wilks, age 90 of the Pine Hill Community, were held Saturday April 28, 2018 at 2:00pm in the Chapel of Rader Funeral Home with Rev. Daniel Rigsby officiating. Burial will follow in the Martin Cemetery. Mrs. Wilks was born October 10, 1927 in Rusk County to Lawrence Pete and Flora Kay Hall, and died Wednesday April 26, at her Residence. Mrs. Wilks was a retired school teacher in Mermentau, LA, and for many years was the secretary of the Rusk County Rodeo Association.

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Henry Elkins

Obituary--Henry C. Elkins
A memorial service for former Jonesboro resident Henry C. Elkins (age 90) will be held at 11 a.m., May 5 in the chapel of First Baptist Church, Jonesboro, LA. Henry passed away peacefully, April 5, in Ormond Beach, FL, after a long battle with Alzheimer's.

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Paul Allan Daniel

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Funeral services for Paul Allan Daniel, age 56 of Dubach, will be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Owens Memorial Chapel in Ruston with Rev. Cory Bruce officiating. Burial will follow in Henry Cemetery in Dubach under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston. Paul was an intelligent, loving and generous person; an awesome Father, son and friend. He had a passion for cooking, fishing and hunting. His open heartedness made it to where he never met a stranger. He worked 29 years for Ben E. Keith and loved driving for that company.

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Jesse Eugene Smith

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Jesse Eugene Smith, Jr. was born on May 27, 1933, in the Driskill Mountain community into a family of modest means. His parents were Jesse Eugene Smith, Sr. and Maxine Crawford Smith. He had one sibling, Ray Dean Smith. The boys grew up playing barefoot in the red clay dirt of the rolling hill country of north Louisiana during a time when faith, family, and friends fostered a spirit of closeness. In 1946, the family moved to Arcadia.

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Joe David Williams

Funeral services for Joe David Williams, 43, of West Monroe, LA will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at Kilpatrick Funeral Home Chapel in Ruston, LA. Rev. Larry Emory will officiate. Interment will follow at Longstraw Cemetery in Choudrant, LA under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Visitation will be held from 1-2 PM prior to the service.

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