Ella Mae Bailey
Funeral services for Ella Mae Bailey, 104, of West Monroe, were at 10 am. Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020 at Lapine Assembly of God under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home, West Monroe.
Carla Renee Burnett
Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Carla Renee Burnett, 58, of Monroe, were at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, at Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery in Monroe. Visitation was from 1-1:45 p.m. Friday at Mulhearn Funeral Home, Monroe.
Funeral services for Daniel Durham were at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, at Kilpatrick Funeral Home, West Monroe. Interment was at Roselawn Memorial Gardens. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, and from 2 p.m. until service time Friday at Kilpatrick Funeral Home, West Monroe.
Robin Sue Edmiston
Funeral services for Robin Sue Edmiston, 59, of West Monroe, passed away Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020.
Interment was at Hasley Cemetery, under the direction of Griffin Funeral Home, West Monroe.
Jim Bob Farrar
Funeral services for Jim Bob Farrar (JB) will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, at Kilpatrick Funeral Home, West Monroe. Interment was at Rayville Masonic Cemetery, Rayville. Visitation was 1:30-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, at Kilpatrick Funeral Home, West Monroe.
Jodie Lynette Hall
Jodie Lynette Hall, 45, of West Monroe, passed away Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020. Arrangements are under the direction of Griffin Funeral Homes.
Leon Heath, 92, of Downsville, passed away on Aug. 17, 2020. Private family graveside services were Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, at Gwin Cemetery in Mangham, under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home, West Monroe.
Graveside services for Glenda Linaweaver, 56, of Downsville, were at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020 at Roselawn Memorial Gardens.
Janero Jamond McGhee
Mr. Janero Jamond McGhee, 38, of Monroe, passed away Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. A public viewing was 9-11 a.m. followed by private funeral services for the family at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020, at Greater New Antioch Baptist Church. Interment was at Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery.
Jeffrey David McGuffee
Funeral services for Jeffrey David McGuffee, 53, of West Monroe, passed away Monday, Aug. 17, 2020, were at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 21, 2020 at Griffin Funeral Home. Visitation was 5-8 p.m. Thursday.
Bobby L. Murphy Sr.
Bobby L. Murphy, Sr., 90, of West Monroe, passed away on Aug. 17, 2020. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, at the Cypress Baptist Church in West Monroe. Interment will follow in the Cypress Baptist Church Cemetery under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home in West Monroe.
Marion Pettis, 93, of West Monroe, passed away Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020 at Griffin Funeral Home. Interment followed at McKnight Cemetery.
Jimmie Duane Ross
Jimmie Duane Ross, 83, of West Monroe, passed away Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. Arrangements are under the direction of Griffin Funeral Homes.
H. Graham Schneider
H. Graham Schneider died Aug. 24, 2020, at the age of 92. Graham was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ellen Johnson Schneider; his father, Edward Davis Schneider; his mother, Jessica Atherton Graham Schneider; and his brother, Edward Davis “Ned” Schneider, Jr.
Graham is survived by his son, H. Graham Schneider Jr.; his son and daughter-in-law James “Jimmie” Johnson Schneider and Jane Ziober Schneider; their three sons and daughters-in-law: John Brandon Schneider and his wife Kelly, Ryan Graham Schneider and his wife Marci, and James Davis Schneider and his wife Caroline; his son Samuel Lowry Schneider and his daughter Jessica Endsley Schneider; and six great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Graham was born in Lake Providence, on May 10, 1928. He graduated from Lake Providence High School and attended Louisiana Tech and LSU. On May 19, 1948 he married his childhood sweetheart, Mary Ellen Johnson. They lived in Lake Providence until 1993 when they moved to Monroe.
He joined the family hardware and mercantile business, F. H. Schneider & Sons, Inc., in 1947, and in 1968 he dissolved the company, ending 70 years of service. He joined the administration of the First National Bank of Lake Providence in 1965, first as a member of the Board and became President in 1970. The bank merged with Hibernia National Bank (now Capital One) in 1996, after which he continued his service in an advisory role. During his banking career, he held leadership positions in the Louisiana Bankers Association, serving on its board of directors and legislative committees, and holding the office of president. He was also a member of the board of directors of the American Bankers Association, serving on its legislative committees that were charged with lobbying congress on banking and agricultural issues.
He was a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church, first at Grace Episcopal Church in Lake Providence and later at Grace Episcopal Church in Monroe. He served in leadership positions at both churches.
After Graham and Mary Ellen moved to Monroe, he enjoyed golfing with his buddies and spending time at Bayou DeSiard Country Club, where he served on its board and held the office of president. They loved dining out with family and friends and traveled extensively, seeing many parts of the world.
Funeral services are under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Homes of Monroe. In the climate of caution due to Covid19, the service will be limited to family. The service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at Grace Episcopal Church, 405 Glenmar Ave., Monroe, with Father Don Smith officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Grace Episcopal Church, 405 Glenmar Avenue, Monroe, LA 71201 or the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana, 4600 Central Avenue, Monroe, LA 71203.
The family wishes to give special thanks to Dr. Dean Stockstill, for his kind and thoughtful care and guidance for Graham and Mary Ellen.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.kilpatrickfuneralhomes.com
Monalisa M. Semmes
Monalisa M. Semmes, 69, of West Monroe, passed away on Aug. 19, 2020. Graveside services were Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, at St. Paschal Catholic Church Cemetery in West Monroe, under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home, West Monroe.
Bonnie Mae Taylor
Born: June 16, 1934
Died: August 24, 2020
On Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, Bonnie Mae Taylor of West Monroe, died to this life and joined the church triumphant, forever at home with her Lord and Savior.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, in the sanctuary of First West Church in West Monroe, where she had been a member since 1962. Visitation with friends and family will be held in the Grand Hallway of First West, beginning one hour before the service.
Bonnie was born on June 16, 1934, in El Paso, Texas to Harmon Lloyd Puryear and Eula Mae Cook Puryear. She married F. Kenneth (Kenny) Taylor on Jan. 23, 1953, in El Dorado, Arkansas, and the two remained happily married for 53 years until the passing of her husband and best friend on March 26, 2006.
Bonnie served her Lord with gladness throughout her life, coming to a saving knowledge of Christ at an early age, serving at church alongside her husband teaching young marrieds, singing in the church choir, working long hours in the church library, missions, and teaching a women’s Bible study in the West Monroe jail for over twenty years.
She was a loving and caring mother and is survived by her five children, Dixie Hall of Monroe, Ken Taylor of West Monroe, Jan Hatten of Paullina, Iowa, Kelley Blackburn of Jefferson, Texas, and Lendel Taylor of Rocky Branch, along with 20 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren, and one sister, Virginia Burson of Springdale, Arkansas.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Eula Mae Puryear, her brother, Marvin Puryear of Scottsdale, Arizona, and her sister, Jody Claytor of Maypearl, Texas.
Eugenia Wainwright, 98, of West Monroe, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. Arrangements are under the direction of Griffin Funeral Homes.
Jack Weldon White
Jack Weldon White was born in Camden, Arkansas, Oct. 21, 1935, but moved to Hope, Arkansas at an early age. He graduated from Hope High School in 1953. He received the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Northeast Louisiana State College in 1957, and the Master of Music degree from Louisiana State University in 1961, as well as completing hours beyond the master’s degree. He began his teaching career in Sterlington, and Ouachita Junior High School in Monroe, in 1958, after serving in the U.S. Army, where he completed Airborne Training. He also served many years in the Louisiana National Guard. From 1964-1970, he was Director of Bands at Ouachita Parish High School, and from June 1, 1970, served as Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Northeast Louisiana University, retiring on June 1, 1991.
Mr. White was a member of Phi Beta Mu, C.B.D.N.A., Phi Mu Alpha, Tau Beta Sigma, Kappa Kappa Psi, Louisiana Music Educators Association, and the Louisiana Bandmaster’s Association, of which he was past President. He also loved conducting “The Aldersgate Choir” before his illness prevented him from doing so.
In 1963, he was named the Outstanding Young Teacher of the Year in Ouachita Parish; In 1968, he was awarded the Pacesetter Award by the City of Monroe; in 1969, he was named the Bandmaster of the Year by the Louisiana Bandmaster’s Association; in 1970, he was named as an Outstanding Young Man of America. In 1970, he also received the Citation of Excellence award from the National Band Association. The Ouachita Parish High School Band, as well as the NLU Band, were acclaimed as two of the most outstanding bands in the United States under his leadership.
Jack received the Louisiana “Outstanding Bandmaster of the Year “award for 1971 and 1973, presented by the Epsilon Chapter, Phi Beta Mu. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the Monroe Jaycees in 1980. He was elected International President of Phi Beta Mu in 1982 and re-elected in 1985. He was named Teacher of the Year by the N.L.U. College of Liberal Arts in 1988, and in 1990 was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the University. That same year he was inducted into the Louisiana Music Educator’s Association Hall of Fame. In 1991, he received the Orpheus Award from Eta Iota Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha. Also, since his retirement, he has been named Director Emeritus of the ULM Bands by the University. He also was very proud of naming the band “The Sound of Today”. “Love Ya Band!”
In addition to his teaching duties, Mr. White has served as adjudicator, clinician, consultant, guest conductor, and guest lecturer in Alabama, Arkansas, Texas, Tennessee, Mississippi, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Florida, Nebraska, Indiana, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Canada. He has seven articles published in leading professional journals and magazines in the U.S. and Canada, as well as materials published by the Jensen Publishing Company.
From 1991-2010, Mr. White was elected to serve on the Ouachita Parish School Board, serving most of those years, as President. He enjoyed the friendship of fellow board members, as well as working with the Ouachita Parish schools as a board member. He was the past Conductor of The Twin City Concert Band, a volunteer group of musicians from all walks of life. Under his leadership, this group received the coveted Sudler Silver Scroll Award, naming it as one of the best community bands in the United States. Mr. White was also nominated as Artist of the Year by the Monroe Symphony League. He was an active member of the University Chamber Arts Brass Quintet for over twenty years, played often at various area churches, including his home church, First United Methodist Church of Monroe, and played trumpet in The Monroe Symphony. In May 2006, Mr. White was co-receiver with his wife Coralie, of the Roger DiGiulian Lifetime Music Award from The Monroe Symphony. In April 2011, he and his wife Coralie, were named to the Monroe Symphony Hall of Fame.
In 2007, Jack was named to the International Hall of Fame, by Phi Beta Mu, International Bandmasters Fraternity, being only the fifth recipient of this honor since 1935. In 2010, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Music Education from the South-Central Music Educators Society.
He was preceded in death by his mother Chloie White Tittle, father, J.W. White, grandson Seth Isaac Greenup., stepfather Clovis Tittle.
He was married to Coralie Heard White, the father of four, the grandfather of nine. He is survived by son Jack Weldon White, Jr. and wife Jennye, of West Monroe, daughter Allison Anne Greenup and husband Scott, of Shawnee, Kansas, daughter Ashley Susan Kyle and husband Douglas of Decatur, Texas, daughter Elizabeth Coralie White and husband Philip of Prattville, Alabama. He is also survived by sisters Shirley Parker of Bossier City, Lurlene Rodgers of Slidell, and Betty and Don Clack of West Monroe. Also remembering him with love are grandchildren Corey White, Travis Kyle, Jessica Kyle, Madison Kyle, Garrett Walters, Jake Walters, Samuel Greenup, and Ella Greenup, along with nephew Jason Clack, wife Jessica, great-nephew Jackson, and great-niece Jillian Clack, niece Karen Johnson, and nephews Alan Moore, Robert Moore, and Matt Duffie. Also, part of his family always included the hundreds of students he taught, loved, cared about, and claimed through the years.
Pallbearers were his grandsons, nephew Jason Clack, and great nephew Jackson Clack. Honorary pallbearers will be all his former students from the Sound of Today, “Jack’s Army”. Singers are Greg and Kristen Oden of West Monroe, and Tim Ervin of Mt. Pleasant, Texas, playing trumpet.
The family wishes to thank Jack’s Doctors, Home Health, Hospice, A First Name Basis, First United Methodist Church of Monroe, Aldersgate Sunday School Class, our neighbors, as well as all the friends who have supported the family during this time.
Services celebrating the life of Jack White were held at 3 p.m. Saturday Aug. 22, 2020, at First United Methodist Church, Monroe with Rev. Brian Mercer officiating. Interment was in Hasley Cemetery, West Monroe, under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home in West Monroe,.
Visitation was 4-7 p.m. Friday at Mulhearn Funeral Home in West Monroe.