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Rabalais, John  
The retired owner of Home Appliance Service and a resident of Baton Rouge, John passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Saturday, January 14, 2017. He was 79 and a native of Plaucheville. John proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1963. Visitation will be at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd, on Tuesday, Jan.17, from 5 pm until 9 pm with recitation of the Rosary at 7 pm. Visitation resumes at St. Thomas More Catholic Church on Wednesday, Jan. 18, from 10 am until Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am celebrated by Rev. Tom Duhé. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Resthaven Gardens of Memory. John is survived by his wife of 59 years, Florence Juneau Rabalais; daughters, Donna Hebert and husband Mike, and Stephanie Rabalais and partner, Becky Croxton; son, Kevin Rabalais and wife Kelli; grandchildren, Mandy Persac, Meghan Bardwell, Jillian Landry, Cade Rabalais and Cole Rabalais; and great-grandchildren, Adler, Dylan, Lilly and Laila Persac, Brody Landry and Maverick Bardwell. He was preceded in death by his parents, Moore and Eugenia Lemoine Rabalais; daughter, Carla Rabalais; grandson, Christian Hebert; brother, Bateman Rabalais; and sister, Lucille Rabalais. Pallbearers will be Kevin, Cade, Cole, Dwayne and Glynn Rabalais, Mike Hebert, Dwayne and Dylan Persac, Blake Bardwell and Donnie Landry. John was a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus St. Louis Council #9016 and American Legion Nicholson Post #38 where he was a five year member of the Honor Guard. Please share condolences at www.rabenhorst.com.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Jan. 15 to Jan. 18, 2017
Rayborn III, A J "Jay"  
Funeral services for Mr. A J "Jay" Rayborn, III, 62, will be held at 11 A.M. on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at Capps Funeral Home with Reverend Wayne Hall, Ray Bowlin, and Bobby Boyd officiating. Burial will be in the Providence Cemetery in Jayess. Mr. Rayborn passed away at Our Lady of The Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge on Saturday, January 14, 2017. He was born September 28, 1954 in Tylertown, Mississippi to the late A J, Jr., and Ouida Thornhill Rayborn. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters Martha R. Hall and Alice R. Nunnery. He was of the Baptist faith and was employed in the Parts Department at M & L Industries. Jay loved to work on tractors and lawnmowers and enjoyed farming, dairying, cooking and deer hunting. He always put others first and loved to help others even before they would ask. He loved his family and was considered by them to be the "greatest of the greatest" and the best Pappa Jay there ever was. Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Darlene Boyte Rayborn; son Justin (Karen) Hobbs; daughters Kelly (Brian) Hart, Kimberly (Chance) Johnson, Kristina (Ashton) Smith, Cassie (Marty) Fassbinder; grandchildren Jim, Fischer, Demi, Carli, Brady, Camille, Colton, Derek, Isla, and Caleb; brother-in-law Paul Nunnery; father and mother-in-law Eli and Jessie Easley Boren; nieces Dr. Carrie Nunnery and Heather Hall Lobley; and nephews John Paul Nunnery and Harbor Hall. Pallbearers will be Paul Nunnery, John Paul Nunnery, Justin Hobbs, Colton Hobbs, Brian Hart and Marty Fassbinder. Honorary pallbearers will be Darrell Matthews, Harbor Hall, Bobby Fortenberry and Nolan Rayborn. Visitation will be at Capps Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 from 5-8 p.m. Capps Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements. Family and Friends may sign the on-line guest book at www.hartmanhughesfuneralhome.com.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Jan. 16 to Jan. 18, 2017
Richards, Mary Eloise Moore  
Mary Eloise Moore Richards, native of Leesville, La. and resident of Baton Rouge passed away on Monday, January 16, 2017 at the age of 80. Eloise was an honor graduate of Leesville high school and attended the Mather School of Nursing affiliated with Tulane University. She was a loving and devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Eloise had a deep love and appreciation for traveling which served her well as the wife of a career military officer, her true love for over sixty years. She traveled the world with her family living in many parts of the United States and Europe residing in 37 different locations. She was both mother and father to her children while her husband served one tour of Korea and three tours in Vietnam as an army aviation officer. She served as a leader and inspiration to junior officer's wives introducing them to the finer points of customs and traditions of military life all while expanding her children's knowledge and love of learning. Eloise was a hand's on mom, never missing a school function or fieldtrip. Eloise loved an impromptu weekend get away with her family never missing an opportunity to explore the world around them. Upon military retirement in 1975, the Richards family made their home in Baton Rouge. After reentering civilian life, Eloise worked for Olivetti Corporation, Morgan Building Systems and worked as head book keeper for the Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce until she left the workforce. Eloise was a long standing member of University Baptist Church and enjoyed her church family for over 40 years. She enjoyed many volunteer activities in the church as well as in the local elementary school. Eloise and Jim split their time over the past 20 years wintering in Baton Rouge and spending their summer months in the Blowing Rock and Boone area of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Their volunteerism continued to their North Carolina home by actively working with operation Christmas child sponsored by Samaritans Purse. She and Jim also found time to travel extensively in the U.S. and abroad during this time. It is impossible to describe the impact Eloise made in so many lives. She was a master story teller, gourmet cook, musician and artist. Eloise had a wonderful sense of humor and quick wit. She never met a stranger and made everyone around her feel welcome and at ease. She was a loyal and devoted friend to many. As the oldest child of her family, Eloise was an inspiration and source of love and support to her brother, sisters, nieces, and nephews. She loved deeply and was deeply loved. Eloise is survived by her husband, James E. Richards LTC Ret; daughters, Rev. Karen Richards Gay and husband John of Plaquemine, La., Allison Richards Gerron and husband Dennis of Dallas, Tx., and Suzy Richards Massey and husband Jamie of Charlotte North Carolina; granddaughters, Lauren Gay Landry and husband, Nick, Dr. Sarah Gay Frischhertz and husband, Patrick, Jane Reily Gay Fields and husband Doug, Katherine Fenner Gay, James Allen Massey, Jr., Mary Claire Massey, and Rachael Mariah Gerron; brother, Melvin Moore and wife Neda of Conroe, TX., sisters, Judith Ugland of Lake Charles and Carol Joyce Bray and husband Dr. Nathan Bray of Lake Charles; great grandchildren, Raigan Landry, Elliott Frischhertz, and Carolyn ""Carrie"" Fields; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, Mark Twain Moore and Hazel Irene Smart Moore; and son, James Elliott ""Jimmy"" Richards, Jr. The family would like to extend their appreciation to Notre Dame Hospice and a special thank you to her nurse, Garnette Brignac, RN. A visitation will be held at University Baptist Church, 5775 Highland Rd. Baton Rouge, La. 70808, on Thursday, January 19, 2017 beginning at 12pm until funeral service at 2pm. A family graveside service will follow at Greenoaks Memorial Park. Pallbearers: John Gay, Dennis Gerron, Jamie Massey, Jamie Massey, Jr,, Doug Fields, Patrick Frischhertz, and Nick Landry.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Jan. 17 to Jan. 19, 2017

Yesterday's Obituaries

Richards, Mary Eloise (Funeral Notice)  
Mary Eloise Richards, resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana passed away on Monday, January 16, 2017. Funeral Service details are pending under the direction of Rabenhorst Funeral Home; Downtown.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Jan. 16 to Jan. 17, 2017

Obituaries from Two Days Ago

Roberts Sr., Donnie Lee  
Donnie Lee Roberts Sr. passed away peacefully at his home in Denham Springs on January 13, 2017 at the age of 80. He is survived by his wife of 62 years Georgia; Children: Freddie and wife Vonda Roberts; Donna and husband Adolph Harkins; Gary Roberts; Michael Roberts; Jeffrey Roberts; and Jenny Cole; Grandchildren: Jason Roberts; Rosalyn and husband Ross Landry; Candace and husband Walt Sims; Christy and husband John Zeringue; Lauren Roberts; and numerous great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by son, Donnie Roberts Jr, granddaughter Teresa Harkins, and grandson Kyle Roberts. Services will be at Seale funeral home in Denham Springs on Monday, January 16. Visitation will begin at 9 am until the service at 11 am. Please share your condolences at www.sealefuneral.com.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Jan. 14 to Jan. 16, 2017

Obituaries from the Past Three Days

Rabalais, John (Funeral Notice)  
A native of Plaucheville and resident of Baton Rouge, John Rabalais, 79, passed away at home on January 14, 2017. Arrangements under the direction of Rabenhorst East, (225) 272-9950.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Jan. 14 to Jan. 15, 2017

Obituaries from the Past Week

Reed, Eunice Mae  
Eunice Mae Reed departed this life on Sunday Jan. 8, 2017 at her residence in Thibodaux, LA. She was 72, and a native of Thibodaux, LA. Visiting at Williams and Southall Funeral Home, Thibodaux, LA on Friday January 13, 2017 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Visiting at Moses Baptist Church, Thibodaux, LA on Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 10:00 am until Religious Services at 12:00 pm. Burial in the Church Cemetery. Arrangements by Williams & Southall Funeral Home, 1204 Cleveland St. Thibodaux, LA. 70390 (985) 447-2513. To sign guest book or offer condolences, visit our website at www.williamsandsouthallfuneralhome.com
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Jan. 12 to Jan. 14, 2017
Riley, Robert Eugene  
Robert Eugene Riley passed away at 5:00pm on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at Gonzales Health Care at the age of 72. He was a retired painter. He is survived by his daughter, Debbie Riley; sister, Linda Young; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Susie Marie Rice Riley; and sister, Barbara Young. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Church Funeral Services & Crematory, St. Amant 225-644-9683 www.churchfuneralservices.com.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Jan. 12 to Jan. 13, 2017
Rinaudo, Salvador "S.J."  
Salvador "S. J." Rinaudo, a native and longtime resident of New Roads, Louisiana before moving to Baton Rouge, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loved ones on January 10, 2017. He was a graduate of St. Joseph's Academy in New Roads. After, he enlisted in the United States Navy and was stationed in San Diego, California and became an Aviation Ordinanceman Third Class during WWII. After an honorable discharge, S.J. began a long career with the Town of New Roads, serving in many capacities. Among them were Secretary Treasurer, Utilities Superintendent, and Town Councilman. He was a dedicated member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, where he devoted much of his time and talents. He is preceded in death by his parents Frances and Sam Rinaudo; brothers Frank "Buster" Rinaudo and Martin Henry Rinaudo, and sisters Mary Rinaudo Durham and Margaret "Booty" Braud. S. J. is survived by his wife of 62 years, Bessie Smith Rinaudo; daughters Terry Rinaudo and Darlene Rinaudo Hunt (Tommy) and son Sal Rinaudo (Debbie); sister-in-law Gloria Rinaudo and brother-in-law Warren Braud. He is also survived by his grandchildren, who he so greatly loved, Meredith Hunt, Clayton Hunt, Elizabeth Rinaudo, and Sarah Rinaudo. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and in-laws. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 13, 2017 at St. Mary Catholic Church of False River in New Roads, Louisiana from 9 am until Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am. Christian burial to follow at St. Mary's Cemetery.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Jan. 11 to Jan. 13, 2017
Rispone, Jimmy  
Our beloved Jimmy passed away Saturday peacefully holding his sister's hand as we gave our blessing back to Christ and our parents. Jimmy, the 6th of seven children, was born to Sam and Rosalie Rispone on December 30, 1960. He is survived by siblings Sammy Rispone and Frankie, Gary Rispone and Glenda, Eddie Rispone and Linda, Johnny Rispone and Christie, Jerry Rispone and Bronwen and Kaye Rispone Lato. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Rosalie Rispone, two sisters-in laws, Phyllis Rispone and Clydette Rispone and brother-in-law Steve Lato. Jimmy loved music, dancing, parties, weddings and sports. He was always the life of the party. But the one thing he loved most was sharing in the lives of his nephews and nieces. Much thanks to all the coaches and players that made Jimmy feel so special. Jimmy was the only person ever to be able to go in the locker rooms at Central High, Redemptorist and Catholic High. Special thanks to all the wonderful caregivers who assisted the family with caring for Jimmy over the last few years, especially Ms. Linda. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at Resthaven Gardens of Memory and Funeral Home, 11817 Jefferson Hwy. from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM. Visitation will resume on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, 14040 Greenwell Springs Rd, Greenwell Springs, LA, from 10:00 AM until Mass at 11:00 AM. Burial will follow in Resthaven Gardens of Memory. Pallbearers will be his nephews Kirk Rispone, Vince Rispone, Thad Rispone, Stephen Lato, Matthew Rispone, and Lane Rispone. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Special Olympics.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Jan. 9 to Jan. 11, 2017
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