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Davis, Luther William  
Luther William Davis of Amite, born February 23, 1930 in Ponchatoula, passed away January 16, 2017, at his home surrounded by his family. He was married to Elsie Templet from Ponchatoula on November 4, 1949. A long time resident of Amite, he served in the U.S. Air Force and was a lineman for Louisiana Power Light for 39 years. He was a dedicated member of First Baptist Church Amite, serving as a deacon for many years. He is survived by his loving wife, Elsie Templet Davis; daughter, Vickie Davis Shankle; son in law, Ellis Shankle; son, Glenn Russell Davis; daughter in law, Connie Hayden Davis; grandchildren, Kyle Shankle, Katie Waldrop, Lauren Smith, Keri Elliott, Stephen Davis, and Philip Davis; and eight great grandchildren. Preceded in death by his daughter, Cindy Marie Davis and grandson, Kurt William Shankle. Visitation at First Baptist Church of Amite, from 9:30 a.m. until religious services at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 18, 2017. Services conducted by Rev. Trey Waldrop. Interment Robertson Cemetery, Hammond. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Jan. 16 to Jan. 18, 2017
Gibson Sr., Bobby Gene  
Bobby Gene Gibson, Sr, native of Hickman County, KY and resident of Baton Rouge left this earth peacefully on Jan. 12, 2017. He was a hard working man, loved by everyone that knew him. A proud father, grandfather and great-grandfather. His is survived by his sons, Bobby G. Gibson Jr and wife Stacy of Oakboro, NC, Chris Gibson of Baton Rouge, La. and his partner Julie Sitton. He is also survived by siblings, Betty Campbell of Moscow, KY and Jerald Gibson, Denham Springs, LA. He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Ryan Gibson and wife Chelsea, Wade Gibson and wife Katherine, Amber Presler and husband Glenn and a great-grand daughter Autumn Gibson. He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Alice Gibson. Burial will be at Port Hudson National Cemetery 10am Jan 19th. Please no flowers or donations.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Jan. 15 to Jan. 19, 2017
Gill, Kevin Hurst  
He fought the good fight, but now he is at peaceful rest. He will be missed! Kevin Hurst Gill passed away at his home after a lengthy illness on January 15, 2017. He was born February 2, 1957 in Baton Rouge. He was a member of Red Bluff Baptist Church. He was saved several years ago and was baptized there. It was a momentous occasion with his family there for him. He is survived by three siblings, Lewis and Yvonne Gill, Rhonda and Bill Wilson, and Sandra and Chris Pace; aunt, Mary Joyce Allen; nieces and nephews, Staci Self, Lewis Gill, III, Jason Gill, Colby Pace, Sunne Pace, Holly Brumfield, and Beth McNabb; and numerous great nieces and nephews, and many cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents, Alfred Lewis Gill, Sr. and Eunice Hurst Gill; and his grandparents, Walter Jesse Gill and Dixie Gill and McKinley and Lucy Hurst. Visitation at Red Bluff Baptist Church 1532 Red Bluff Church Rd, Hwy. 43, north of Easleyville, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Tuesday and from 9 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 18, 2017. Services conducted by Rev. Leroy McElveen. Interment Red Bluff Cemetery, Greensburg. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Jan. 16 to Jan. 18, 2017
Guedry, Robert Joseph "Bobby"  
A native of Sorrento, LA and a resident of Liberty MS he passed away at 2:30am at his home on Wednesday, January 11, 2017. He was 75 years old, and was a retired carpenter. Visitation will be held at Inhabitants of the Rock Church, 4697 Farmer Road, Smithdale, MS, from 10:00am until memorial service at 11:00am on Wednesday, January 18, 2017. The memorial service will be conducted by Brother Curtis Ready. He is survived by his wife, Clara Dianna Guedry; daughter, Evonne Michelle Gilbert & husband Wade; sons, Robbie Joseph Guedry & wife Rhonda, and Nicky Joseph Guedry; sisters, Gloria Hernandez and Irma Landry; brother, Lloyd Guedry; 12 grandchildren, Kristine Knight, Katherine Guedry, Cody Ficklin, Dakota Guedry, Darren Ficklin, Taylor Guedry, Derek Guedry, Nicholas Guedry, Brynne Ficklin, Joshua Deville, Jessica Gilbert, and Aaron Gilbert; and nine great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his father, Leonce Manuel Guedry; mother, Eva Angelina (Powers) Guedry; sister, Hilda LeBlanc; brothers, Sam Guedry, Melvin Guedry, and Gordon Guedry; and step-grandson, Cory Deville. Arrangements by Church Funeral Services & Crematory, St. Amant 225-644-9683 www.churchfuneralservices.com.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Jan. 15 to Jan. 18, 2017
Gunby, Harriet Albero McGraw  
Harriet Albero McGraw Gunby, native of Brockton, MA. And resident of Baton Rouge, La. passed away on Monday, January 16, 2017 at the age of 92 years old. Harriet graduated from Magnolia High school Class of 1941.She was a member of the Eastern Star, former president of The X Gavel Club, Baton Rouge Better Business Club, and a former member of The Ladies Auxiliary of Federal Order of Police. Harriett also served 60 years in the financial business. Harriet is survived by her daughter, Janet Williams and husband Gary J. Williams; son, William Lewis "Billy" Gunby; granddaughters, Jennifer Creighton Smith and Rachel Creighton; great grandchildren, Brenden Smith, Hunter Smith, Cade Smith, Lexie Smith, Ryder Gibson, Allie Gibson, and Matthewray Jubela. She is preceded in death by her husband, William Lewis "Buck" Gunby; parents, John P. McGraw and Ruth McGraw; brother, John P. McGraw, Jr., and sister-in-law, Mickey McGraw. Visitation will be held at Rabenhorst Funeral Home Downtown on Thursday, January 19, 2017 beginning at 5pm-9pm. Visitation will resume on Friday, January 20, 2017 at St. Luke's Episcopal Church beginning at 9am until funeral service at 10am. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. Condolences are welcome at www.rabenhorst.com.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Jan. 17 to Jan. 20, 2017
Guzzardo, Tony Joseph  
Tony Joseph Guzzardo passed away Monday, January 16, 2017 of natural causes at the age of 90, a native of Independence, LA and a resident of Baton Rouge. Tony served his country in the US Army from 1944-1946. During WWII he fought in The Battle of the Bulge and the Rhineland earning the rank of 1st Sergeant with medals including the EAMETO Medal, Good Conduct Medal, World War Two Victory Medal and the Combat Infantry Badge with 2nd award. He came back home and graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University and became a Chemist with Kaiser Aluminum until retirement. Tony was an usher at St. Louis King of France, he also loved fishing. He is survived by his daughters; Carol Ann Guzzardo, Sandra Guzzardo Ganel and Lisa Denise Guzzardo, sons; Alex "Petey" Guzzardo and Chris Guzzardo, sisters; Fannie Guzzardo Schittone and Lou Guzzardo Macaluso, brother; John Thomas "JT" Guzzardo, 11 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his loving wife; Ina Marie Causey Guzzardo, Parents; Joe and Sadie Guzzardo, son; Joseph Thomas "Tommy" Guzzardo, granddaughter; Janelle Marie Box and a brother; Sam Guzzardo. Visitation will be at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East 11000 Florida Blvd. on Thursday, January 19, 2017 starting at 5:00pm until 9:00pm with reciting of the Rosary at 7:00pm. Visitation on Friday, January 20, 2017 will be at St. Louis King of France starting at 9:00am until Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am conducted by Rev. Michael Allello with a graveside service to follow at 12:30pm in the Colonial Cemetery in Independence. Pallbearers will be Jason Box, Kenny Guzzardo, Dr. Brett East,Jr., Jeremy Guzzardo, Jared Guzzardo and Andrew Guzzardo, Honorary Pallbearers are Ben Guzzardo and Mark Guzzardo. Tony was a Master Gardner who maintained his gardens year round and gave away everything he grew to anyone. As said by a friend "Mr. Tony could grow something if it was upside down". His most precious was his "Satsumas" and everyone had to take some. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer's association.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Jan. 17 to Jan. 20, 2017
Handy Jr., Thomas  
Thomas Handy Jr departed this life on January 10, 2017 at age 79 in New Orleans, LA. He leaves to cherish his memories his wife Sandra Franklin Handy and his children Thomas Handy III, Crystal Durosseau, Trina Franklin and many relatives and friends. Life's Celebration with be on January 18, 2017 in St Francisville LA. at the Hollywood B.C., 9099 Sligo Rd. with visitation beginning at 9:30 am followed by the Service at 11:00 am. Burial will be in church cemetery.
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Hebert, Betty (Thibodeaux)  
Betty passed away on Monday, January 16, 2017. She was 58. Visiting will be at Wilbert Funeral Home in Port Allen on Wed, January 18th from 5 to 9 p.m. and again on Thursday from 9 a.m. to Rite of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to The GoFundMe Account, Funeral Expenses for Betty Hebert. www.wilbertservices.com.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Jan. 17 to Jan. 18, 2017
James II, William Francis 'Bill'  
William ""Bill"" Francis James, II, 61, of Summit passed away, Friday, January 13, 2017 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on Plank Road south of Clinton, LA. Bill was born October 18, 1955 in Baton Rouge, LA where he lived until 1995 when he moved and made his home in Summit, MS. He was the son of Francis M. James and Mary Helen Berryhill Bruton of Centreville, MS. He was a member of Tangipahoa Baptist Church. Bill was a Chief Operator for ECOServices of Baton Rouge since 1991. He was a Pipefitter/ Welder for Local 198 since 1977. Bill took great interest in youth sports in his community where his son played baseball. He loved to volunteer his time and talents to assist local league and school baseball teams. Bill was full of life. He lived with enthusiasm and purpose. His interest and accomplishments were extensive. Bill was a true patriot. First and foremost was his love for God, Family and Country. Bill was a devoted, loving husband to his lifelong sweetheart, Ruth. Their son, Seth, was the light of his life and the apple of his eye. He was a wonderful brother to his only sister, Debbie. Bill's love overflowed to his extended family members. And, Ruth's family embraced him as their own. Friends always felt his loyalty. Bill was a humble man that was a leader and a role model for many. Each and every one of them can tell a tale of how Bill touched and impacted their lives. He lived life with a servant spirit. He often saw a need and worked hard to lend a hand and make a difference in someone's life. Bill had many talents. He was a private pilot and he and his son spent many hours rebuilding automobiles and motorcycles. He was an avid outdoorsman and a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association. He loved to travel and enjoyed favorite destinations like Sanibel Island and Ouray, Colorado. Bill had a passion for riding his motorcycle and he loved the freedom of the open road. He especially enjoyed attending rallies and races with friends and fellow bikers. Bill knew the true meaning of friendship and extended it to family and friends with true warmth. Bill and Ruth loved sharing their home with family and friends during special occasions or for no reason at all. Bill loved humor and laughter and he reveled in telling a good story or spinning a good yarn. He had a thirst for knowledge and loved learning, focusing on many different interests, like history and politics. Many of his accomplishments were self- taught. He would devour the subject that was the target of his interest until he became an expert in it. Bill lived life with a loving heart and true warmth, and he always enjoyed sharing a big bear hug at a chance encounter with those he loved. He is preceded in death by his parents; his infant daughter, Casey Nicole James; his paternal grandparents, William Francis James and Ruby Ogden James of Centreville, MS; maternal grandparents, Charles Emerson Berryhill and Inez Elizabeth Hayes Berryhill; uncles, William Ogden James, John Brandon James and Thomas Comfort James and an aunt, Ruby James Black. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Ruth Wicker James of Summit; his son, Seth Austin James of Summit; his sister, Deborah ""Debbie"" James Rehnstrom , native of Baton Rouge and husband, Ed, residents of Oakwood, GA; maternal aunts, Janeth Hodges of Denham Springs, LA and Prentice Vine of Centreville, MS. Visitation is Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at Sharkey Funeral Home, 1023 Old Brookhaven Road, Summit, MS 39666 from 5PM until 8PM and continues Thursday at Tangipahoa Baptist Church, 7555 Thompson Road, Summit, MS 39666 from 10AM until services at 11AM with Bro. Mike Morris officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Baptist Church cemetery in Smithdale. Pallbearers are Ralph Wicker, Ed Rehnstrom, Frank Parsons, Richard Sullivan, Jim Black, Mike Mixon, Benny Vine, James Etheridge and John James. Share condolences at catchingsfuneralhome.com.
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LeJeune, Joseph D. "J.D."  
J.D. passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at his home at the age of 92. He retired from Wyandotte Chemical; was a resident and native of Brusly, La. A US Army Veteran he served in WWII and was stationed in Germany. He also served in the Koran War at the Army/Navy Hospital in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Visiting will be at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Brusly on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 11am until Mass of Christian Burial at 1pm, celebrated by Father Matt Lorrain. Interment will follow at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Cemetery. He is survived by his daughter, DeEtte LeJeune Hunt; grandsons, Kevin Hunt and wife Kelly, and Scott Hunt; great grandsons, Zeaven Hunt and Braden Hunt; sister, Melba "Bobbie" Boxx; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his wife, Georgette Dupuy LeJeune; son, John Dennis "Denny" LeJeune; son in law, L.L. "Junior" Hunt; and parents, Delma and Rena LeJeune. J.D. was affectionately known as Paw to many family and friends. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who loved spending time at his camp on Lake Verret. Please share memories online at www.wilbertservices.com.
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