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Agosta, Joan Mae Brou  
Joan Mae Brou Agosta, a native of McCall and resident of White Castle, passed away on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at her residence in Samstown. Joan graduated from St Vincent's Institute (Ascension Catholic) in Donaldsonville, LA, Our Lady of the Lake School of Nursing, and Charity Hospital School of Anesthesia. She was a CRNA, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, at various hospitals in Donaldsonville, Thibodaux, Napoleonville, White Castle, and Paincourtville. She retired from the National Hansen's Disease Center, Carville. She is survived by her daughter, Lucie Agosta; two sons, Andrew and Adrian Agosta; two sisters, Marie Brou Richard and Margaret (Vincent) Pizzolato; two brothers, Dale (Phyllis) Brou, and Lynn Brou; three sister-in-laws, Jane Brou and Marcy Brou, and Rosalie Agosta. She is preceded in death by her husband, Sam S. Agosta; parents, Clemil and Palmier Robert Brou; two sisters, Sister Margaret Brou DC, Grace Brou (Stanford) Waguespack; four brothers, JC (Eleanor) Brou, Harold Brou, Kenneth Brou, and Warren (Jean) Brou ; one sister-in-law, Michelle Donlin Brou; one brother-in- law, Alton "Nick" Richard; sisters and brothers-in-law, Honey and Lewis Mohr, and Louise and Anthony Agosta. Visitation will be at Ascension Catholic Church, in Donaldsonville on Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 10:30 am until Mass of Christian Burial at noon, with Rev. Paul Yi officiating. Entombment to follow in the church mausoleum. To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.oursodonaldsonville.com. Ourso Funeral Home of Donaldsonville is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations can be made to Ascension Catholic Church, 716 Mississippi St, Donaldsonville, LA 70346, or to a charity of your choice. The family would like to thank Cynthia Woods, Diana Bernard, Vicky and John Engoliou, Sundra and Luke Babin, Chief John Marque the White Castle Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, and Chief Mario Brown and the White Castle Police Department.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Dec. 1 to Dec. 3, 2016
Albert, Corey LeMar  
A native and resident of Baton Rouge, he passed away Monday, November 28, 2016 at age 39. He is survived by his wife, Shineka Smothers Albert; parents, Alphonse and Esparonza Albert; brother, Kerry L. Albert. Preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Alex (Louise) Albert; maternal grandfather, Julius 'Buddy' Stewart. Visitation will be at Macedonia Baptist Church, 2800 Wyandotte St., on Saturday, December 3, from 9 a.m. until funeral service at 10 a.m. conducted by Rev. Byron Sanders. Interment in Southern Memorial Cemetery.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3, 2016
Allen, Ruby Lee Cockran  
Ruby Lee Cockran Allen was born January 30 1957, in Baton Rouge, LA to the union of late Joseph Sr. and Ella Cockran. She departed her life on Wednesday November 23, 2016, at Lane Memorial Hospital, Zachary LA. To cherish her memory, her mother Ella Cockran, two daughters, Annie Ruth Cockran, Baton Rouge, LA. Selena Allen McNulty, Baker, LA. Services will be held at Winnfield Funeral Home, viewing is from 9:00-10:00 am on December 3, 2016.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Dec. 1 to Dec. 3, 2016
Ballentine, Wardell  
Wardell Ballentine entered into eternal rest on Monday, November 28, 2016 at the age of 86. He was born on August 17, 1930, to Thomas and Lenora Bridgeforth Ballentine in Pulaski, Tennessee. He was educated in the Pulaski Public School System and graduated in 1942 from J. T. Bridgeforth High School (which was named after his grandfather). Wardell later enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served in Korea and was granted an Honorable Discharge in 1958. In addition to his membership in Kappa Alpha Psi for over fifty years, Wardell served on several boards to include: the Alexandria Coliseum Board and the Alexandria Business and Civic League in which he served as president. Wardell also exemplified longevity of dedication as a devout fan and supporter of Southern University Football. As a result of this dedication, on October 10, 2008, Southern University developed and dedicated the RV Park, thereafter known as Ballentine Plaza, to Wardell and Josie Ballentine. Wardell leaves to cherish his memory his devoted and loving wife of sixty-one years, Josie; his children - Rochelle Machen (James) of New Roads, LA, and Sandra Ballentine Smith of Baton Rouge, LA; his three grandchildren - Claire Williams Bradley, MD (Elton) of Amarillo, TX, Evan Darryl Williams of Venice, CA and Lauren Smith Marrioneaux (Cedric) of Pensacola, FL; and one great granddaughter, Elliana Lovette Bradley. He also leaves to celebrate his legacy a devoted sister-in-law, Dorris Morris Tribbett, cousins John Finch Nelson, (Aida), and Mary Yvonne Bridgeforth (Jerry) as well as a host of nieces, nephews, and other cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Lenora Ballentine, and his three brothers, J.D. Ballentine, Finch Ballentine and Thomas Jefferson Ballentine.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Dec. 1 to Dec. 2, 2016
Baranco, Denise (Funeral Notice)  
Denise Baranco, 63, passed away on November 24, 2016. A service will be held at Camphor Memorial UMC in Baton Rouge on December 2 at 11 am.
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Baranco, Ira Denise  
Ira Denise Baranco was born to the late Raymond Michael Baranco Jr. and Mary Elizabeth "Vivian" McKnight Baranco on July 2, 1953. She was called to eternal rest on November 24,2016. Denise's elementary and high school education was through the East Baton Rouge Parish school system, while advanced study was at Louisiana State University. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Art Institute of Atlanta, and an Associate's degree in medical training from the MedVance Institute of Baton Rouge. Her religious foundation started and was nurtured at Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church. "Doing for others" was her passion. A beautiful and sustaining memory is held close to the hearts of those who knew and loved Denise. She is survived by her twin children, Sasha Baranco-Mathieu and Zachary Baranco-Mathieu; one grandchild; Xakari Hakini Baranco-Mathieu Hills; her mother "Vivian," aunts Marjorie Bryant of Los Angeles, California and Eugenia Baranco of Baton Rouge. Preceded in death by: father, Raymond Michael Baranco Jr.; maternal grandparents, Thomas and Alvin Eames; paternal grandparents, Dr. Raymond and Blanche Daigre Baranco of Baton Rouge; aunts, Rozetta Eames Haynes, Delores Washington, Melba Matthews of Baton Rouge, and Lillian McKnight Payne of Merced, California; and uncles, Thomas Eames Jr., Joseph S. Baranco, and Robert G. Baranco Sr., all of Baton Rouge. A memorial service is scheduled for Friday, December 2, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church, 8742 Scenic Hwy, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70807. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be sent to Notre Dame Hospice, 16270 Airline Highway, Suite C, Prairieville, LA 70769.
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Barbera, Mamie Tramonte  
Mamie Tramonte Barbera, 97 years of age, a native of Galveston, TX and resident of Thibodaux, LA for 53 years, passed away on Sunday, November 27, 2016. Visitation will be from 8:30 am until funeral time on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral in Thibodaux, LA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am followed by burial in St. Joseph Cemetery. She is survived by her daughter, Christine Barbera (Sam) Harvey; five sons, Sam C. (Frances) Barbera, Jr., Jerome J. (Judy) Barbera III, Jay L. (Debbie) Barbera, David J. (Katie) Barbera, and Dan P. (Connie) Barbera. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren, and 19 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Sam C. Barbera, Sr.; parents, Jasper and Christine Massa Tramonte; sister, Frances T. Barbera; and two brothers, Sam and Joseph Tramonte. Mamie was a graduate of Texas Womens University. She enjoyed many years of devoted service as a member of Ta Wa Si of Thibodaux. She was an LSU Tiger fan except when the Tigers were playing the Texas A&M Aggies. Her family extends special thanks to Louise Price for many years of friendship and service and thanks to her caregivers, Lori, Virginia, and Jackie, for their kindness and their loving and compassionate care. The family is also grateful to Dr. Chester Boudreaux for his many years of wonderful care. Online condolences can be given at www.landrysfuneralhome.com Landry's Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Nov. 28 to Dec. 2, 2016
Barbier, Richard Carl  
A devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, and friend to many passed away peacefully on Monday, November 28, 2016. He was 79 and a resident of Baton Rouge. He was born in White Castle on December 2, 1936 to Alexander and Laura Percle Barbier. He served his country proudly as U.S. Marine at the end of the Korean War. Richard retired from Chevron Chemical St. James as a Shift Supervisor. He was an avid lifelong fisherman and loved cooking for his family and community. Richard had a giving heart and it showed when he would do woodworking projects for friends and family. He was very active in the Church, White Castle Volunteer Fire Department, and Community. The time he spent with family and his grandchildren was his most cherished. He is survived by his adoring wife of 57 years, Margie Thibodaux Barbier; daughter, Evette Ann Barbier; son, Carl Alex Barbier and his wife, Donna; three grandchildren, Richard Carl Barbier II, Tyler Michael Barbier, and Ami Elizabeth Barbier; and two step grandchildren, Kay Lyn and John Allen Johnston. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Marion Barbier Casso; and brothers, Allison Joseph, John, Gerald and Stanford Barbier. A memorial service in his honor will be held on Friday, December 2, 2016 at Ourso Funeral Home, White Castle at 11:00 am. To offer your condolences to the family please visit, www.oursoWhiteCastle.com.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, 2016
Bass, Peggy "Joyce"  
A resident of Denham Springs passed away quietly at her home early Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at the age of 78. Visitation will be held at Seale Funeral Home, Livingston on Friday, December 2, 2016 from 2:00pm until funeral services at 3:00pm. Burial will follow in Salem Cemetery. She is survived by two sons, Ronald Bass and wife Patty, and Richard Bass and wife Lisa, three daughters, Debra Whitehead and husband David, Maude Book and fiance Michael Cason, and Gail Bass, fifteen grandchildren, twenty- three great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Allen and Maude Gates, her husband Robert Lee Bass, and her brothers and sisters. The family would like to thank the staff at Audubon Hospice. Please sign the online guestbook at www.sealefuneral.com.
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Battles Jr. , Melvin R.  
A resident of Amite, he passed away on Friday, November 25, 2016 at his home. He was born July 20, 1951 in Amite and was 65 years of age. He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Kristi Warren Battles and their son, Nathan Clayton Battles; son, Khodi Sparks; daughter, Marrah Sparks Ransbottom and husband, Jeff; daughter, Autumn Myers and son, Melvin R. Battles, III; grandchildren, Kasen and Ryleigh Ransbottom; sisters, Lynn Bierhuizen and husband, Rudy, Barbara Battles and husband, Horace, Clarice Corkern and husband, Alton, and Martha Sparks and husband, Jackie; mother in law, Estelle Warren Watson and husband, Emmett; sister in law, Karole Traylor and husband, Mark and brother in law, Kyle Warren and fiancé, Tanya Sparks. Preceded in death by his parents, Melvin R. Battles, Sr. and Sallie Ballard Battles; sister, Shirley Battles and father-in-law, W. C. Warren. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9 AM until religious services at 12 Noon Saturday, December 3, 2016. Interment Kedron Cemetery, Amite. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Kedron Cemetery. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Nov. 29 to Dec. 3, 2016
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