December 16, 2006

Deaths (Part 1 of 2)

Sara Green Adams; Winston Devon Asberry "Poppy"; the Rev. Harold N. Bankston; Robert David Brown; Clara Melia Butler "Peaches"; Dorothy Marie McQueen Cavin "Dot"; Chase Maurice Cieutat; Belinda Sue Parks Dickerson; the Rev. Sam Douglas Jr.; Victor Raymond Finch; John C. Galloway; Georgene Cannon Gordon; Maud O'Rourke Kenny; Terry Lynn Kent Sr.

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Adams, Sara Green An office secretary, a homemaker for her husband, J.L. Adams Jr., and a longtime resident of Gloster, Miss., she died Friday, Dec. 15, 2006, at her home after a lengthy illness. She was 80, born July 5, 1926, in Mississippi to Seward Green and Damie Lightsey. She is survived by two sons, J.L. "Randy" Adams III and his wife, Lori, and Marshall Cole Adams, all of Gloster; two granddaughters, Casey Adams McCarty and her husband, Patrick, of Birmingham, Ala., and Tara Butler Adams of Nashville, Tenn.; and a brother, Winford L. Green of Baton Rouge. She was preceded in death by her parents, Seward Green and Damie Lightsey Green; and her husband, J.L. Adams Jr. Visiting will be at Brown Funeral Home, Gloster, on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Religious service will be at Galilee Baptist Church, Gloster, on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 2:30 p.m., conducted by the Rev. Odus Jackson and the Rev. Sammy Smith. Interment will be in Roseland Cemetery in Gloster. Pallbearers will be Jerry Foster, Frank "Bubba" Foster, Harold "Buster" Smith, C.H. "Buddy" Lewis III, Greg Randall and Mark Snowden. She was a longtime member of Galilee Baptist Church of Gloster. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Galilee Baptist Church, P.O. Box 118, Gloster, MS 39638.

Asberry, Winston Devon "Poppy" A retired fast food executive with Burger King and Fast Track, he died Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006, at 8:28 p.m. of natural causes at his home in Prairieville. He was 67, a native of Evergreen, Ala., and a National Guard veteran. Visiting at Ourso Funeral Home, Gonzales, on Sunday, Dec. 17, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Monday, Dec. 18, from 9 a.m. until religious service at 11 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Carl Wells. Interment in Hope Haven Cemetery in Prairieville. Survived by his wife, Celia Weinberg Asberry; three daughters, Robyn Asberry of Virginia, Terri Asberry Robinson of Indiana and Angela Michelle Asberry of New Orleans; two sons, Robert A. Asberry of Florida and Wesley M. Asberry of New Orleans; sister, Dana Asberry Sprinkle of Alabama; and seven grandchildren, Tanya and Danny Asberry, Brittany Starky, Riley Robinson, Brigitte Renee Asberry, Alan and Nicholas O'Connor. Preceded in death by parents, Robert Charles and Nellie Lee Jordan Asberry; a sister and three brothers. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to American Heart Association.

Bankston, the Rev. Harold N.

The Rev. Harold N. Bankston, 81, a native of the Canaan community and a resident of Amite, died Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006, at his daughter's home in Tickfaw. He was a pastor at several churches in this area for many years and had been the pastor of Shady Grove Baptist Church in Amite. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He is survived by four children and their spouses, Michael and Carolyn Bateman and Wanda and Tommy Myers, all of Tickfaw, Randall and Lynn Bankston of Franklinton and Phil and Alice Bankston of Amite; grandchildren and their spouses, Matthew Cox of Albany, Mark Sr. and Kelly Cox of Independence, Kevin and Jennifer Bankston of Sulfur Springs, Texas, Keith and Michelle Bankston of Batesville, Ark., LaShay Bankston and Scott Bankston, both of Amite, Rebekah Bankston of Tickfaw and Brittany Bankston of Franklinton; great- grandchildren, Mark Cox Jr. and Trent Cox, both of Independence, Beaux Bankston and Lanie Bankston, both of Sulfur Springs; two sisters, Doris Sweat of Hammond and Brenda Bankston of Bolivar; and three brothers, Hollis Bankston of Roseland, Billy Bankston of Covington and Sidney Bankston of Franklinton. He was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda Cloice Seal Bankston; a sister, Esther Ruth Pettit; and two brothers, Johnny Bankston and Curtis Bankston. Visitation will be at Canaan Baptist Church, near Franklinton, after 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16, until funeral service at 11 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Ed Griffin and the Rev. Dana Williams. Interment will follow in the Canaan Baptist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Mississippi Baptist Children's Home, 118 Lowe Road, Laurel, MS 39440. To view online obituary, go to

Brown, Robert David Owner of Triple R Trucking and a resident of Baton Rouge, he died Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006. He was 41 and a native of Lafayette. Visiting at Antioch Full Gospel Church on Saturday, Dec. 16, from noon until religious service at 2 p.m., conducted by the Rev. Gregory Cooper Sr. Interment in Winnfield Memorial Park. Survived by mother, Mary Rowe; daughter, Tawana Jackson; two sons, Raydrick Sterling and Robert Sonnier; three sisters, Betty White, Charmaine Griffin and Shawanna Rowe; four brothers, Charles Jenkins, Nathan Rowe, Dave Rowe and Anthony Rowe; and two grandchildren. Preceded in death by father, George Rowe Jr.; grandparents, Olivia Vaughn, Marie Rowe, Luther Vaughn and George Rowe Sr.; grandson, Trevon Jackson; two aunts and an uncle.

Butler, Clara Melia "Peaches""I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7. On Monday, Dec. 11, 2006, at 9:30 a.m., Mrs. Clara Melia Tucker Butler, a native of Greensburg, departed this life at Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary. She was 93. Visiting was at Richardson Funeral Home, 11816 Jackson St., Clinton, on Friday, Dec. 15, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Religious service at Pipkin Chapel AME Church in Greensburg on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 1 p.m., the Rev. James Pitts, pastor and the Rev. Dr. Willie G. Johnson officiating. Interment in Clinton Cemetery. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Butler Sr.; five children, Mark Butler, Matthew Butler, Wilmeta B. Hutson, Herman R. Butler and Tennessee Butler; and her parents, Calvin Tucker and Merinda Porter Tucker. She is survived by five children and their spouses, Fred Jr. and Georgia Butler, Florena B. and Willie Gene Johnson, Cleon and Annyce Butler, Catherine B. and Charlie Taylor Jr. and Gwendolyn B. and Eldridge Etienne; 23 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.

Cavin, Dorothy Marie McQueen "Dot""I will be your God through all your lifetime, yes even when your hair is white with age. I made you and I will care for you." Isaiah 46:4. A beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she died Friday, Dec. 15, 2006, at her home. She was 85, a resident of Baton Rouge and a native of Wilson. She is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Wayne Cavin and Don and Donna Cavin; grandchildren, Wendy Richardson and husband David, Staci Mounce and husband Mike, Todd Cavin and wife Shelley, Darren Cavin, Mallory Young and husband Michael and Clint Cavin; great-grandchildren, Jeremy Boykin, Blake Richardson, Zach, Colbi and Hayden Mounce, Chase, Connor, Sydney and Blaine Cavin and Hunter Young; sister, Audrey Dalier; sister-in-law, Jackie McQueen; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by her husband, Louis Sidney Cavin; parents, Arthur and Myrtle McQueen; sister, Elva Mae Barrow; and brothers, Leon and Harold McQueen. Pallbearers will be her grandsons and great-grandsons, Todd Cavin, Darren Cavin, Clint Cavin, Chase Cavin, Jeremy Boykin, Blake Richardson and Zach Mounce. Special thanks to Hospice In His Care, Total Live In Care and caretakers, Pam Arceneaux and Brenda Demoulin. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice In His Care. Visiting at Resthaven Funeral Home, 11817 Jefferson Highway, on Saturday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Visiting continues at the funeral home on Sunday from 12:30 p.m. until religious service at 2 p.m., conducted by Brother Ted Wells of Grace Family Church. Interment in Resthaven Gardens of Memory.

Cieutat, Chase Maurice Born Jan. 21, 1984, he returned home to our Lord and Savior on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006. A beloved son, Chase is survived by his father, Charles P. Cieutat II; stepmother, Leslee M. Cieutat; stepsisters, Reilee Morris and Quinn Richards; and his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Ruby Kovac. Other surviving family members include Mr. and Mrs. Buford Graves, Chandra Lockhart, Shelby and Brooke Graves, Mrs. Leslie C. Roark, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Cieutat, Christian and Noah Cieutat and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas McHugh. Chase was preceded in death by his mother, Roxyanna Labruzzo; grandfather, Leslie R. Cieutat; and uncle, Eldridge Roark. Visitation at Charlet Funeral Home in Zachary on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with the Rev. Rocky Bezet to preside over the memorial service at 7 p.m. Chase will be missed greatly by all who knew him.

Dickerson, Belinda Sue Parks A loving mother, grandmother, sister, daughter and friend to many, Belinda Sue died peacefully at her home in Grangeville at 10:57 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2006, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born Nov. 29, 1952, in Clinton. She is survived by her father and mother, George and Linda Parks; son, William "Bill" Dickerson and wife Debra; daughter, Sherry Dickerson; son, Denver "Wayne" Dickerson and wife Monica; son, Christopher R. Dickerson and wife Allison; three grandchildren, Jaimie, Dustin and Daniel; brother, David Parks; sister, Jacqueline Iasigi and husband Bill; sister, Cindy Kraus and husband Norbert; brother, Samuel Parks and wife Rachel; and a host of nieces and nephews. Visitation at Grangeville Baptist Church in Pine Grove on Friday, Dec. 15, was from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visitation resumes at the church on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 10 a.m. until religious service at noon. She will be laid to rest in South Union Cemetery in Clinton. Renaissance Services of Gonzales is in charge of arrangements.

Douglas Jr., the Rev. Sam A retired supervisor with the city- parish and LSU and a resident of Baton Rouge, he died at 12:01 a.m. Monday, Dec. 11, 2006, at Hospice of Baton Rouge Inpatient Center. He was 64 and a native of Catherine. Visiting at Hall's Celebration Center on Friday, Dec. 15, was from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Visiting at New Mount Olive Baptist Church, 1187 Rosedale Road, on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 9 a.m. until religious service at 11 a.m., conducted by Micheal Byrd, pastor. Interment in Winnfield Memorial Park. He is survived by his wife, Rosa T. Douglas; three daughters, Sandy Albert, Gernell Price and Linda Williams; a son, Eric Douglas Sr.; two sisters, Hazel Thomas and Rebecca Douglas; two brothers, Milton Douglas and Ceasar Douglas Sr.; and 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, two brothers, three sisters and a granddaughter. He was a graduate of Cohn High School in Port Allen and attended Southern University.

Finch, Victor Raymond A resident of Zachary and native of Baton Rouge, he died Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006, at Baton Rouge General Medical Center-Mid City. He was 50. Graveside service will be at Naul Family Cemetery, Bluff Creek, on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 9 a.m., conducted by his aunt, Louise Cook. He is survived by a daughter, Brittany Leann Finch of Baton Rouge; son and daughter-in-law, Jeremy Duane and Tracy Virtue Finch of Montgomery, Texas; mother, Villa Ann Weaver Finch of Zachary; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Linda and Rodney Bankston of Pride, Vickie Boyd of Zachary and Margie and David Welch of Baton Rouge; brother and sister-in-law, Duane and Tammy Finch of Denham Springs; and an expected granddaughter due in April, Clara Virtue Finch. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Lee Finch; and brother-in-law, Wayne Boyd. He was a member of Florida Boulevard Baptist Church. Friends desiring may make deposits toward funeral expenses at 15243 Pisces, Pride, LA 70770.

Galloway, John C.

A retired tank farm operator, he died at 4:45 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at his home in Jarreau, in the loving arms of his family. He was 80, a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and a native of Covington. Visiting at Niland's Funeral Home in New Roads on Friday, Dec. 15, was from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visiting resumes at the funeral home Saturday, Dec. 16, from 10 a.m. until religious service at 1 p.m., conducted by the Rev. Robert Galloway. Interment in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Lakeland. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Gloria Ory Galloway; two daughters and a son-in-law, Paula Galloway Swann of New Roads and Norma G. and David James of Jarreau; two sons and daughters-in-law, Barry and Teri Galloway of Jarreau and Gregory and Carolyn Galloway of Brusly; two sisters, Beulah Mae Sullivan of Baton Rouge and Mary Catherine Gonzales of McLean, Va.; four brothers, Norman Galloway, Orlando, Fla., Ray Galloway, Brownwood, Texas, Darrell Galloway, Covington, and the Rev. Robert Galloway, Boyce; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Warren and Lela Galloway; two brothers and a sister. Special thanks to Hospice of Pointe Coupee and Baton Rouge General Medical Center-Mid City.

Gordon, Georgene Cannon "We can't escape the passage of time, but we can always try to live gracefully, love heartily, grow gratefully and continue to learn about this thing called life." Georgene Cannon Gordon passed away at Woman's Hospital on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006, with her husband and son by her side, following a long and valiant battle with ovarian cancer. She was preceded in death by her younger brother, Scott Cannon; her mother, Odene Cannon; and her father, George Cannon. Georgene left her mark on this world in many ways and in the hearts of everyone who knew her, leading her life with a perfect loving heart. She was a resident of Baton Rouge and a native of Cairo, Ga. She was a graduate of Baton Rouge High and LSU, earning her degree while working and taking care of her family and home. She held a variety of positions at LSU, retiring as a grants and contracts administrator. Her abilities to analyze and organize, her gifts of intellect, fortitude and strength, her communication skills and her natural Southern charm and winning smile served her well in all she set out to accomplish. Georgene loved her family. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and a friend to all who knew her. She always found the right balance in her life to be all things to her family and friends. Georgene was a longtime member of the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge in which she and her husband were married. She gave freely of her time and charity in the community, consistently giving more to others than herself. She was an active volunteer at Woman's Hospital, developing and sustaining relationships with fellow cancer survivors. She always placed the needs of others above her own, dealing effectively with multiple losses and making difficult decisions as a caregiver of loved ones. Georgene is survived by her husband of 35 years, Vance Gordon; two sons, Ramsey Gordon and wife Beverly and Kevin Gordon and wife Stacci; four grandchildren, Jennifer, Taylor, Jared and Riley Gordon; four nieces and a nephew. She leaves behind many friends including the special "sisterhood" of three childhood friends, Anne McCain, Carolyn Wiese and Patsy Peabody, who maintained their friendship and love throughout their lives and Lynne Ricord, who was a very close friend and ovarian cancer survivor. She will be sorely missed by her family and all of her many friends and members of her church's Cakes group. A memorial service will be held at a later date at the Unitarian Church. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Unitarian Church Georgene Gordon Memorial fund will be accepted and appreciated.

Kenny, Maud O'Rourke Maud O'Rourke Kenny died peacefully on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2006, at Lakewood Quarters Assisted Living Retirement Center. She was 85. A native of New Orleans, she lived most of her life there and in Pass Christian, Miss., moving to Baton Rouge in 1995. She was a graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana and worked as a medical technologist at Touro Hospital. She was an avid birdwatcher, loved classical music, chocolate ice cream and "Silver Bells." She is survived by her daughters, Kathryn Kenny Dickson and Jean Kenny Tozer Jones; brother, Edmund Newton O'Rourke Jr.; and two granddaughters, Meagan Lindsey and Taylor Marie Dickson. She was preceded in death by her devoted husband of 46 years, Maurice Aldrich Kenny; parents, Edmund O'Rourke Sr. and Gladys Adams O'Rourke; and her beloved sister, Gladys O'Rourke Mills. The family wishes to thank the staff at Lakewood Quarters Assisted Living Retirement Center for their outstanding care and devotion. A memorial service will be held at the Lakeside Mausoleum Chapel in Greenoaks Memorial Park on Wednesday, Dec. 27, at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area, 3772 North Blvd., Suite B, Baton Rouge, LA 70806 or to the Nature Conservancy, P.O. Box 4125, Baton Rouge, LA 70821.

Kent Sr., Terry LynnA retired band director with the Iberville Parish school system, Mr. Terry Lynn Kent Sr. died at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2006, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. He was 54 and a resident and native of Port Allen. Visiting at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 9 a.m. until service at noon, conducted by the Rev. Raymond Allen. Interment in Lady of Knight Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Paulette Collins-Kent; mother, Mrs. Evelyn Kent; daughter, Ms. Terrel Kent of Baton Rouge; two sons, Terry Kent Jr. and Jerrell Kent, both of Baton Rouge; three sisters, Ms. Doris Kent of Chicago, and Mrs. Joyce Smith and Ms. Sandra Moten, both of Port Allen; and uncle and aunt, the Rev. Charles and Deloris Morgan. He was preceded in death by his father, Willie Kent Jr.; maternal grandparents, Willie and Elnora Morgan; and paternal grandparents, Willie and Carrie Kent Sr. Hall Davis and Son Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

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