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Ratliff, Roy E.  
Roy E. Ratliff, a retired cement finisher, died at 3:30 a.m. Saturday, August 29, 2015, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. He was 59, a native of New Orleans and resident of Baton Rouge. Visiting will be at Greater Bright Morning Star Baptist Church from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, with services at 11 a.m. at the church conducted by the Rev. Robert Charles. Interment will be in Thomas Chapel Cemetery. Survivors include his lifelong companion, Loubertha Gross; his parents, Esco Bickham and Moszetta Ratliff; stepdaughters, Deon Self, Theresa Gross and Barbara Johnson; stepsons, Wayne Quinn, Willie Gross, Eric Gross, Harold Gross, Robert Gross and Draker Goss; sisters, Carrie Traylor, Grace Reed, Dorothy Perrilloux, Annette Warren, Vickie Bickham, Gloria Bickham, Antoinette Bickham, Shirley Bickham, Myrtis Bickham, Irma Bickham and Coreen Bickham; brothers Theo Ratliff, Rodney Ratliff, Ray Ratliff, Ronald Ratliff, Reginald Ratliff, Mason Bickham, Esco Bickham and Dennis Bickham. Preceded in eath by both parents and two sons, Wayne Quinn and Robert Gross. Arrangements by A. Hamilton Platinum Funeral Service.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Aug. 31 to Sept. 3, 2015
Rogers Jr., Joseph Albert  
Joseph Albert Rogers, Jr., born August 18, 1947, passed away August 28, 2015, at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Gonzales, at the age of 68. A memorial service will be held at 6:30 pm Friday, September 4, 2015, at New River Baptist Church, 45270 Hwy. 429, St. Amant, LA, 70774. He is survived by his loving wife, Nina Johner Rogers, daughters Corrine Schmidt (Chep) Kerri Schmidt (Phillip), sons George Rogers (Rebecca) and Thomas Rogers (Kayla); sisters Carmen McAlister, Dorothy Guidry (Wayne) & brother Steve Rogers (Lori); grandchildren Caulin, Brenna, Allayna, & Alivia Schmidt, Kristiaun, Julien & Daphne Rogers; numerous nephews and nieces; stepfather Percy Parker, Sr. He was preceded in death by father Joseph (Joby) Albert Rogers, Sr., mother, Rita Ann Templet Rogers Parker, brother-in-law, Kelly McAlister, and sister Anne Cronon. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692. Arrangements by Renaissance Services, 12552 Airline Highway, Gonzales, LA 70737, (225) 644-2976.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Sept. 1 to Sept. 4, 2015
Rougon, Floerl Christie "Chris"  
Mrs. Floerl Christie "Chris" Rougon of Oscar, Louisiana, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, August 25, 2015. Mrs. Rougon was born in Jacksonville, Florida to Charles Cuthbert Christie and Edith Rose Martin Christie on April 27, 1930. She grew up in Chatham County, Georgia and graduated from Marlow High School in Effingham County, Georgia in 1947. She attended Andrew College in Cuthbert, Georgia. While working at the Federal Bureau of Investigation Headquarters in 1951, she married Charles Aubin Rougon, then an engineer at Anacostia Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and the Daughters of Scotland. While living in Slidell, Louisiana, she was Regent of the St. Tammany Chapter of the DAR, organized the Jean Lafitte Society of the Children of the American Revolution and the Westchester Estates Garden Club, and was a Cub Scout den mother. She also formed the Mountain Brook Garden Club in Huntsville, Alabama, and was its first president. She attended the First United Methodist Church in New Roads, Louisiana. She was an avid reader, enjoyed listening to music, and loved dogs and nature. Her hobbies included traveling and renovating houses. Mrs. Rougon was survived by a daughter, Rosemary Rummler (Jens); a son, Joseph (Elizabeth Jewell); seven grandchildren, Peter Rummler (Stacy Huff), Ursula Jones (Wesley), Jens Aubin "J.A." Rummler (Elizabeth Milligan), William Rummler (Elizabeth Treichler), Vivian, Zoraïde, and Joseph Rougon, III; eight great-grandchildren, Caroline, Harrison, Olivia, Martin, Gemma, Evelyn, Theodore, and George; a stepson, Aubin Luecker (Susan); a step-granddaughter, Meredith Luecker, a sister, Judith Christie Geruntino; nieces, Julia Labatut and Janet Trahan; nephews, David and John DeLong; and her dear longtime friends, Marilyn Jasmine, Myra Buller, Donald Roy Zeno, Thelma Winter, James Ladmirault, Glynn Strate, and Terri Daly Wilson. She was predeceased by her parents; her husband Charles Aubin Rougon; a sister, Mary Christie DeLong; and a half-brother, James Joyce Humphries. Mrs. Rougon's family extends special thanks to Leshonda Williams, Samantha Thomas, Geneva Becnel, Carla Box, Cindy Zeno, and Cheryl Hebert. A memorial service will take place at the First United Methodist Church in New Roads on Saturday, September 12, 2015, at 10 a.m. She will be laid to rest in the family plot in Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Louisiana United Methodist Children and Family Services, 904 DeVille Lane, Ruston, LA 71270, or to Heifer International, 1 World Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72202.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Aug. 26 to Sept. 12, 2015

Obituaries from Two Days Ago

Robert, Ella Landry  
Ella Landry Robert, 88, died on Thursday, August 27, 2015, in Donaldsonville. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Charlene and Peter Palermo, Plaquemine; one grandson, Andrew Michael Palermo, Plaquemine; one great granddaughter, Demi Louisa Rose; and one brother, Philip Landry, Pierre Part. Preceded in death by her husband, Curtis J. Robert; parents, Aureline and Alcide Landry; one sister, Odette Landry; and two brothers, Ulysse "Slim" Landry and Noe Landry. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 1, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. at Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church in Donaldsonville. Entombment to follow in church mausoleum. The family would like to thank the staff of Chateau D'ville and Hospice Compassus for the loving care of Ella. To offer condolences to the family, please sign the online guestbook at www.oursodonaldsonville.com.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Aug. 29 to Sept. 1, 2015
Rowley, Essie B. Cage  
Essie B. Cage Rowley was born on December 3, 1927, and passed on August 27, 2015 at Zachary Manor in Zachary, Louisiana. She leaves to cherish her memory, her children: Larry (Myrna) Rowley, Glynn (Jean) Rowley, and Marsha Rowley, of Baton Rouge; six sisters: Sabra (Riley) Duncan, and Jeanette Taylor of Baton Rouge; Joyce (Frank) East of New Orleans; Cheryl McClain and Irma Jackson of Zachary; and Grace (Andrew) Jackson of St. Francisville. One brother, Earl (Rose) Cage of St. Francisville. Seventeen grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roosevelt Rowley; her parents, three sons; two grandsons, and a brother. Visitation will be on Wednesday, September 2, 2015, at First Presbyterian Church of Scotlandville from 8:30 am until religious services at 11:00 am, conducted by Rev. Dr. Julius R. Tipton. Interment will follow in Port Hudson National Cemetery in Zachary, Louisiana. Carney & Mackey Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Aug. 31 to Sept. 1, 2015

Obituaries from the Past Week

Reine, Viola M.  
She went to Heaven at 3:18pm Monday, August 24, 2015 at The Carpenter House surrounded by her children. Viola was 96 years young, a homemaker, a native of Louisville, Kentucky and a resident of Baton Rouge. Viola was a graduate of St. Joseph Academy of 1936, a retired registered nurse and a graduate of Our Lady of the Lake School of Nursing in 1940 and until her passing, she was the oldest living graduate. Viola was an avid bridge player and a member of The Supper Club for 40 years. Visitation will be held at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, Wednesday from 5:00pm until 9:00pm. Visitation will resume Thursday at St. Patrick Catholic Church from 9:00am until the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am, conducted by the Rev. Matthew Dupre' and her nephew, Deacon Bobby McDonner. Readers will be her grandson, Andy Chapman and her granddaughter, Denise Bosworth. Interment will follow at Greenoaks Memorial Park. She is survived by her children: Barbara Dufour & husband Larry, Florence "Peggy" Vernice & husband Bennie, Rebecca Chapman & husband Shannon, Louis Sterling Reine & wife Sharon, Rhett Reine & wife Sheri, Paula Oakley & husband Mark; son-in-law: Jerry Achee; 17 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great grandchildren. Viola was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years: Sterling Reine; daughter: Alice Lea Achee; granddaughter: Christine Oakley; parents: John W. & Mary Lagora Wimsatt McDonner; three brothers: Albert, Robert and J.W. McDonner. Pallbearers will be: Bernard Vernice III, Curtis Reine, Christopher Oakley, Sammy Chapman, Steven Bosworth and Jon Reine. Honorary pallbearers will be: Christopher Sanchez, Michael Oakley, Taylor Oakley and Sterling Chapman. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Baton Rouge Food Bank. An online guest registry is available at www.rabenhorst.com
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Aug. 25 to Aug. 27, 2015
Rixner, Ruby Lee  
Ruby Lee Rixner at the age of 64 years departed this earthly life on Thursday August 21, 2015 at her residence in Lutcher, La. Loving mother of Clyde Rixner Jr., Shwanda Rixner, and Keshon Rixner. Sister of Joyce Knight, Lorraine Victor, Janet (Edward) Joseph, Linda (Clarence) Walter, Gloria Gross, Anissa Gross and Mitchell Gross. Grandmother of Kajuan Hill, Tyjuan Hill, Clyde Rixner III, Clydray Joseph, Shatira Rixner and Tevin Long. Also survived by a host of nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. Ruby Lee was preceded in death by her parents Mitchell and Ethel Mae Bowser Gross, one sister Audrey Mae Michael, one brother Gregory Gross, three brother-in-laws, Nine uncles, and eight aunts. Relatives and Friends of the family also priest and parishioners of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Paulina, La and all neighboring churches are invited to attend the mass of christian burial on Friday August 28, 2015 at 2:00pm at St. Joseph Catholic Church 2130 Rectory St. Paulina, La Rev. Vincent Dafresne, Celebrant. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery of Paulina, La Visitation will be at the above name church from 1:00 pm until service time. Bardell's Mortuary of Mt. Airy, La in charge. Information: 985-535-6837.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Aug. 26 to Aug. 27, 2015
Robert, Ella Landry (Funeral Notice)  
Ella Landry Robert, 88, died on Thursday, August 27, 2015. Arrangements by Ourso Funeral Home in Donaldsonville.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Aug. 27 to Aug. 28, 2015
Ross, Olive Neames  
A homemaker and resident of Central, Olive Neames Ross died at home of natural causes at 2:15 am Monday, August 24, 2015. She was 89, a native of Baton Rouge an former resident of Liberty, MS. Visitation will be at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd, on Friday, August 28, 2015 from 5 pm until 8 pm. Visitation resumes on Saturday, August 29, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 213 E Blalock Circle, Liberty, MS from 9 am until religious services at 11 am conducted by Merrill Blalock. Burial will follow in Blalock Cemetery in Liberty. She is survived by her daughter, Sharon Ross Ougel and husband Stephen of Liberty; son, Darrell S. Ross and wife Ronda of Brandon, MS; a special niece, Pamela Meyers of Springfield; a foster daughter, JoAnn Wall Moorman of Liberty; special friend, Maria Munoz of Burleson, TX; eleven grandchildren, twenty-four great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and one expected in December. Olive was preceded in death by her husband of fifty-two years, Charles William Ross, Jr.; son, Charles Maurice "Butch" Ross; and grandson, Dewayne Woodrow Ross. Pallbearers will be Walter DuVernay, Scott McGowan, Stephen Ougel, Cameron Ross, Max Spears and Ross Spears. Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Aidren Ross, her grandson and constant companion, and Jon Neames and Murray Neames. She graduated as valedictorian of her Central High School class and she loved to cook, sew, work crossword puzzles and spend time with her family and friends. Share sympathies at www.rabenhorst.com.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Aug. 26 to Aug. 28, 2015
Rushing, Alex J. "AJ"  
A resident of Livingston passed away at his home early Thursday, August 27, 2015 at the age of 84. He proudly served his country in the US Army during the Korean War where he was awarded a Purple Heart medal. He retired for the Heavy Equipment Operators Union, Local Union #406 with over twenty years. Visitation will be held at Seale Funeral Home, Livingston on Friday, August 28, 2015 from 5:00pm until 9:00pm. Visitation on Saturday will resume at 10:00am. Bro. Roger Rushing will conduct funeral services at 12:00pm. Burial will follow in Gateway Gardens Memorial Park. He is survived by his wife of almost sixty years, Patricia "Patsy" Rushing, three sons, Roger Rushing, Randy Rushing and wife Lisa and Andy Rushing and wife Terral, daughter, Alexis Marie Rushing, seven grandchildren, Joshua, Eric, Clint, Laycee, Will, John and Austin, four great-grandchildren, Alana, Lane, Van and Journey, brother, Richard Rushing and wife Rose and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents Alex Swanson Rushing and Anita Morales Rushing, grandson, Drew, brother, Paul Rushing and four sisters, Josephine Sibley, Doris Smith, Mabelle McLin and Ann Rushing. The family would like to thank Alisha and Suzette and the staff at Hospice In His Care for their care and compassion and all the friends, relatives and neighbors who came to visit and lend their support. Please sign the online guestbook at www.sealefuneral.com.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Aug. 27 to Aug. 29, 2015
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