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Fields Jr., Charles Alton (Funeral Notice)  
A native of Baton Rouge, LA, he died on August 31, 2015 at the age of 70. Arrangements are pending at Hall Davis and Sons. 225-778-1612.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Sept. 1 to Sept. 2, 2015
Forbes, Robert Carl  
Robert Carl Forbes was born on Thursday, January 24, 1929, and passed away on Tuesday, September 1, 2015, at the age of 86. He lived his entire life by these simple words found in Micah 6:8, "Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly." He was a husband, father, grandfather, son and brother who loved the Lord and his family with a gracious, committed heart full of wisdom always serving and taking care of the needs of others. Carl retired in 1985 after 37 years at Exxon Mobil. He served Sandy Creek Baptist Church his entire adult life, 33 years of it teaching Sunday School and helping to mold the lives of generations of young people. Carl is survived by his wife of 66 years, Dolores Marlene Humphrey Forbes, sister, Roberta Forbes Kelly, children and spouses, Robert McClain 'Mac' and Debe Forbes, Ronnie and Pam Forbes, Donna and Bill Wilkins, and Jill and David Baggett; grandchildren, Bradley Carl Forbes, Jeremy Forbes, Kris Wilkins, Colt Wilkins, Tyler Baggett and Reagan Baggett; great grandchildren, Kaitlyn Forbes, Kayden Wilkins, Lane Forbes, Logan Forbes, Levi Carl Wilkins, Daisy Wilkins, Reid Kelly and Layton Dousay. He was preceded in death by his oldest grandson, Christian McClain Forbes, parents, Robert F and Pearl Kelly Forbes, and siblings Raymond Forbes, Jerry Forbes and Jewel Faye Forbes Cooper. Visitation will be at Sandy Creek Baptist Church, Pride, LA on Thursday, September 3rd from 5pm-7pm and continue on Friday, September 4th from 9am-11am with services at 11am conducted by Bro Dale Phillips and funeral arrangements by Charlet Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Bradley Carl Forbes, Jeremy Forbes, Kris Wilkins, Colt Wilkins, and Tyler Baggett and his only granddaughter, Reagan Baggett. His family would like to thank The Crossing at Clarity Hospice for the care and comfort given to him and his loved ones during the last week of his life. He enjoyed sitting on his back porch spending time with his loved ones, working in his shop and with his cows, and spending time in the hay fields teaching his grandsons the value of hard work and how to be a family. In lieu of flowers, his family requests that in Carl's memory, you find someone in need and spend time doing your best to fulfill it.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Sept. 2 to Sept. 4, 2015
Fort, Wana Ann Gibson  
Missionary doctor Wana Ann Gibson Fort, 91, died on Aug. 31 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Fort and her husband, the late Milton "Giles" Fort Jr., served with the then-called Foreign Mission Board as pioneer missionary doctors at Sanyati Baptist Hospital in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). At this hospital, Fort and her husband helped launch a spiritual awakening through medical missions. The Forts, appointed as missionaries in 1952, led countless patients to Christ. "We were committed to being God's hands of mercy and healing to souls and bodies," she once said. She and her husband raised five sons in Zimbabwe. Three have served or continue to serve as missionaries with IMB. Two of the Forts' sons are medical doctors. "Mom lived out the reality of her faith," said Gordon Fort, one of Wana Ann's sons and IMB senior ambassador. "As wife, momma, teacher, doctor, women's worker, and serving missions support functions, she demonstrated what it means to live a life of obedience to the Master. It has been our incredible privilege to have been a part of her life's journey." During the Forts' missionary service in Africa, the Shona people named Fort Mai Chiremba, meaning "Mother Doctor." She led Chief Whozhele, the area leader at Sanyati, to faith in Jesus Christ after he was her patient. Fort was one of the first people that missionary Tim Cearley met when he arrived to serve in Rhodesia in 1976. Cearley now serves as IMB affinity group strategy leader for Sub-Saharan African peoples. "Her big smile and excitement about young people joining the force, as well as her love for discipling African people, was an inspiration to me after [her] over 25 years on the field," he said. When Cearley and his wife returned to Africa as career missionaries in 1983, Wana Ann and Giles welcomed them into their home. From the Forts, the Cearleys learned a passion for language, culture and, most importantly, "a desire for people to come to know the Lord." Cearley also noted that Fort was active in working with and discipling women. "It's impossible to think about Wana Ann without thinking of their home in Sanyati, where they served as medical doctors," he said. "The sons they raised in that place have also had a huge impact on Africa. I'm thankful for the years of knowing Wana Ann on the field, and since her retirement. She's had an amazing life." Fort served as a pediatrician at Sanyati until 1978. When the family moved to Harare (formerly Salisbury), Zimbabwe, she ministered in the church and at home. She also served as mission financial administrator and as treasurer. "When my youngest brother Grady was born with Down syndrome, it was Mom's skills as a pediatrician in caring for his special needs that allowed them to stay on the field and continue their missionary service," Gordon Fort said. "The fact that Grady is alive today at 54 and thriving is a tribute to her medical gifts." The Forts retired from missionary service in September 1988 after nearly 36 years with IMB. Wana Ann Fort wrote an autobiography of her years as a missionary doctor, "A Thousand Times Yes," from New Hope Publishers. "Way more than once we were asked, 'Do you really like living in Africa?'" she said in the book. "I did not have to think about my answer. It was always a thousand times, 'Yes!'" About her call to missions to this remote area, Fort wrote, "I came to the place in prayer that I could tell the Lord this was impossible for me to do, but I would commit my way to Him, trusting in Him to bring it all to pass for His honor. How marvelous it is that God knows the best way for His children!" Fort was born June 21, 1924, in Harrisonburg, Louisiana, and was the oldest of seven girls. She accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior at age 12. Throughout her childhood, she was involved in Woman's Missionary Union (WMU) educational programs, where she developed a love for international missions. Fort attended Louisiana Tech University during World War II; in fact, during her first semester, Pearl Harbor was bombed in December 1941. While attending a Baptist Student Union conference at Ridgecrest, a LifeWay Conference Center in North Carolina, Fort dedicated her life to world missions and planned to be a missionary doctor. During her college years, she met her husband, Giles, of Fort Worth, Texas. He graduated from Texas A&M University and planned to attend medical college. After completing service in the Navy, he also intended to become a missionary doctor. Wana Ann Fort graduated from Louisiana Tech in the fall of 1944, summa cum laude. Giles and Wana Ann were married on June 14, 1946, in Harrisonburg, and both attended Baylor College of Medicine. Wana Ann Fort graduated with honors from Baylor College of Medicine in 1949, one of three women in a class of 62 graduates. She worked as a doctor in pediatrics at Jefferson Davis Hospital in Houston, Texas. Fort was a lifelong member of WMU, and a member of Parkview Baptist Church in Baton Rouge. Her survivors include five sons: Giles Fort III, M.D., of Louisiana, David Fort, M.D., West Africa, Gordon Fort, Virginia, Gregg Fort, Zimbabwe, and Grady Fort, Louisiana; four daughters-in-law; 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; four sisters and two brothers-in-law: Jane Noonan, of Florida, Polly and Don Hamilton, Oklahoma, Evelyn and Wayne McDonald, South Carolina, and Rose Ellzey, Louisiana; and nieces and nephews. Nearly 250 cumulative years of missionary service are represented in the Fort family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering through a Southern Baptist church or online through IMB. Visitation will be held at Greenoaks Funeral Home on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 from 6:00 pm - 9:00pm. A Memorial Service will be held at Parkview Baptist Church, 11795 Jefferson Hwy. in Baton Rouge at 10:00 am on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 . A Graveside Service will be held at Louisiana National Cemetery at 2:30 pm on Wednesday, September 2, 2015.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2, 2015

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Foret, Isabel "Dolly"  
Funeral services for Isabel "Dolly" Foret of Lettsworth will be held on Wednesday, September 2, 2015, beginning at 2 pm at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Morganza. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 2, 2015, beginning at 9 am until 2 pm at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Morganza. Interment will be held at the church cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Escude Funeral Home. Isabel Foret, age 78, passed away Sunday, August 30, 2015, at Our Lady of the Lady Medical Center in Baton Rouge. Isabel was born on December 8, 1936. She was preceded in death by her parents, Razier & Virdie Rachal; her husband, Darnell Foret; and her son, Jody Foret. Those left to cherish her memory are her son, Ronnie Foret & wife Cletis; daughters: Cathy Reine & husband Joseph, Delilah Spears & husband Doc, and Connie Lambert & husband David; and sister, Mary Ann Thibodeaux. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild. Mrs. Isabel was a lifetime patron of St. Ann's Catholic Church in Morganza. Mrs. Isabel's leaving of this earth will create a void in all of our lives that will never be duplicated or replaced. God has received her into His heavenly kingdom. She has received her reward.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com on Sept. 1, 2015

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Flash, Kathleen  
A lifelong resident of Baton Rouge, Kathleen Flash passed away Friday, August 21, 2015 at the age of 92. Mrs. Kathleen Flash was an Artist and Homemaker. She loved Painting, Gardening, Swimming, Tennis and just loved being outdoors. She is survived by her husband, Mark R. Flash, Sr. of Baton Rouge; 2 daughters Kathy Morales (Dennis) of Baton Rouge and Marylyn Daunis (Douglas) of Prairieville, 1 son Mark R. Flash, Jr. (Cindy) of Sweeny, Texas; 1 sister Mary Sue Bryant of Metairie, LA; and 1 brother Joseph Allen Thompson, Jr, of Baton Rouge; 14 grandchildren, Dennis Morales, Jr. (Janet), Danielle Hardee (Toby), Jessica Tekell (Joshua), Michael Daunis (Andrea), Kevin Morales (Michelle), Angela Kennerly (Shane), Tiffany Dilocker (Kevin), Geoffrey Daunis (Heather), Katie Flash, Joseph Flash, Liz Flash, Daniel Williams, Janna Clay (Cody), and Staceyann Williams; 19 great-grandchildren, Hunter, Andrew, Rebecca, Zoey, Mack, Alana, Nathan, Jonathan, Chloe, Blake, Caitlyn, Lily, Zachary, Laynie, Ethan, Haley, Hayden, Tyler and Jones. Mrs. Flash is preceded in death by her 2 sisters Jeanette Stevens and Camilla Miller and her parents Joseph A and Rosa C. Rentrop Thompson. There will be a visitation at St. Mark Catholic Church in Gonzales on Saturday August 29th at 9:30 am, a Rosary will be recited at 9:45am and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10am, Fr. Rubin Reynolds will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Shriners Children's Hospital, @ shrinershospitalsforchildren.org. To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.oursofh.com. Ourso Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Aug. 26 to Aug. 29, 2015
Fleming, James P.  
James P. Fleming at the age of 66, of Dallas, TX, was called Home by the Lord on Sunday, August 16, 2015, at Methodist Dallas Central Hospital. James was born January 5, 1949, in New Orleans, La. He was the son of the late Leonard and Eula Mae Grisby Fleming. James was educated in EBR Parish Schools and later worked for Seton Medical Center Austin. James accepted Christ as a child practicing Catholic Denomination. At the age of 40 James converted and was baptized and followed the Baptist Doctrine. He leaves to cherish his memories his siblings: Janice A. Rogers, Debra Scott, Glenn Grisby, Dianne Williams, Karen Guy, Sonia Evans, Cynthia Montgomery, Cheryl Fleming; and Keith Clay. His children: Troy Tramble, Melissa Wms-Byrd, Carvin Henderson, Catina Wicks, Comeka Wicks, Brandon Fleming; and Jamie Fleming. James also had 10-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. James was proceeded in death by his parents, grandparents, and brothers Gregory A. Fleming and Michael Grisby and numerous other relatives. A memorial service will be held at St. Paul Catholic Church, Saturday, August 29. 2015, at 11 am in Baton Rouge, La.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Aug. 26 to Aug. 28, 2015
Furlow Jr., Robert E. "Bob"  
Robert E. "Bob" Furlow, Jr. passed from this life to meet his Lord on Sunday, August 23, 2015. He was 76 years old. Born in Franklin County, Miss., in 1939, he graduated from Istrouma High School in 1958. "Bobby" Furlow spent more than 50 years in broadcasting, beginning as a popular radio deejay on WLCS in the 1960s. He later managed radio stations including WIBR in Baton Rouge. In 1979, he founded Furlow & Associates providing advertising, on-air talent, and award-winning production services for his clients. In 1981, he was the recipient of the Baton Rouge Advertising Federation's highest honor, the E.A. "Pete" Goldsby Award. Active in the community, he was a past president of the Baton Rouge Jaycees and was a regular co-host of the local Muscular Dystrophy telethon in the 1970s and 1980s. He was a highly-regarded media advisor, religious broadcaster, and spiritual retreat director in the two decades preceding his retirement. Visitation will take place at Resthaven Funeral Home at 11817 Jefferson Highway on Wednesday, August 26, from 7:00 – 9:00 PM and will resume on Thursday, August 27, from 9:00-11:00 AM at St. Luke's Episcopal Church at 8833 Goodwood Blvd. Funeral services will take place at St. Luke's at 11:00 AM on Thursday, August 27, led by Father Bryan Owen and Deacon Reese Wiggins. Pall bearers will be members of the Crossroads Men's Fellowship group, which Bob helped to found. Interment will follow at Resthaven Gardens of Memory. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cancer Society of Greater Baton Rouge, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, or Manresa House of Retreats in Convent.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Aug. 25 to Aug. 28, 2015
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