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January 25th, 2018

Dr. Robert Harris Ferrington


Dr. Robert Harris Ferrington, 82, went to be with our Lord, Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at his home in Ruston, LA. He was born to Sammy & Floriece Ferrington in Wisner, LA on June 22, 1935. Bob married his high school sweetheart, Dottie Louise Kirkland, on December 6, 1952. He earned the Bachelor of Music Education from Northwestern State University, the Master of Music Education from the University of Arkansas, and the Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Southern Mississippi.

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January 24th

Helen Marie Harrison Brown


Celebration of Life Services for Sister Helen Marie Harrison Brown Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 11:00 am
Liberty Hill Missionary Baptist Church
619 Liberty Hill Road Simsboro, LA71275 Rev. Samuel Andrews, Pastor
Mrs. Helen Marie Harrison Brown was born to Ernest Harrison and Clara Malcolm on February 6, 1923 in Dubach, Louisiana. She was a member of Liberty Hill
Missionary Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school, Bible Study, and was President of the Mission Board. Helen married the late Alva Brown. Two children were born to this union…Alva

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January 19th

Martin Wade Toms

Mr. Martin Wade Toms, age 60 of Bienville, passed away suddenly at his residence on January 16, 2018. Mr. Toms was a forester for Weyehaeuser Forest Products. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his family. He was a member of The Bridge Community Church in Ruston, La.

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January 17th

John Fowler

John Robert Fowler, Jr., born in Ruston, LA and a resident of Baton Rouge since 2010, passed away at his home on Saturday morning, January 13, 2018, at the age of 81. He was educated at Louisiana Tech and Mississippi State University at Starkville. He served four years in the U.S. Navy and another eight years in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He worked for the Louisiana State Tax Department then became Associate Professor of Computer Sciences at LA Tech Business School. His hobbies and interests included mechanics and fishing.

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January 12th

JoAnn Grafton

Funeral services for JoAnn W. Grafton, 80, of Ruston will be Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Visitation will be Sunday from 12:00 PM until the service.

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January 10th

Edna Mae Melder


Edna Mae Melder, age 86 of Ruston passed away Sunday, January 7, 2018 at Northern Louisiana Medical Center. Mrs. Melder worked in the school system as a Cafeteria Manager.
Friends may visit with the family 5:00pm until 7:00pm Wednesday at Edmonds Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held 2:00 pm Thursday, January 11, 2018 in the Edmonds Chapel with Rev. Todd Free officiating. Interment will be in Caney Lake Baptist Church Cemetery.

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January 8th

Bonnie Holland Hennigan

On Friday, January 5, 2018, Bonnie Holland Hennigan, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to many, passed away at the age of 88. Born to Boyd and Essie Holland of Bienville, LA on January 30, 1929, Bonnie passed surrounded by her loved ones in Ruston, LA.
Bonnie will be remembered for her fierce commitment to her children and grandchildren, deep love of her friends, and unwavering support of her late husband, Col. John Hennigan, during his 24 years of service in the U.S. Army.

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January 3rd

Lee Sutton


Lee Sutton's Remembrance
Merry Lee Stout Sutton, 65, of Ruston, died peacefully at home on January 1, 2018, surrounded by family. Lee was born March 29, 1952, in Shreveport, Louisiana, to Edward L. Stout Jr. and Linda Grace Tugwell Stout. After losing her mother a short time after birth, Lee was raised for 4 years by her father, and her grandparents, Metz and Artie Tugwell of Farmerville. Lee's time in Farmerville was happy and had a positive effect on the rest of her life. In 1956, her father married Mitzi Bailey, who loved and cared for Lee, as her own, for the rest of her life.

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December 28th, 2017

Melba Oxford Whitman

Funeral services for Melba Oxford Whitman, age 92, of Ruston, LA (formerly of Jonesboro, LA) will be held at 2 PM Saturday, December 30, 2017 at Owens Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Dale Oden officiating. Burial will follow in Unionville Cemetery near Dubach under the direction of Owens Funeral Home. Family will receive friends on Friday, December 29th from 5-7 PM at Owens Funeral Home.
Melba was born in Hico, LA on January 30, 1925 and passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at Alpine Nursing Home in Ruston, LA with her children by her side.

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Joyce Miller

Graveside memorial services for Joyce A. Miller, 85 of Quitman, will be held at 10:00 AM, Friday, December 29, 2017 in Forest Lawn Cemetery with Brother Eddie Ballance of New Hope Baptist Church, Athens, LA officiating under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel of Ruston. Mrs Miller died, Friday, December 22, 2017.

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