Donald Black

Funeral services for Donald Black were at 2 p.m. Friday, May 24, at Cedar Crest Baptist Church. Interment was at Roselawn Memorial Gardens. Visitation was 5-7 p.m.Thursday, May 23, 2019, at Kilpatrick Funeral Home, West Monroe. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Larry L. Brown

Larry L. Brown, 71, of Monroe, owner/operator of Sunrise Snacks, died Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday, May 24, 2019, at Mulhearn Funeral Home, Monroe. Visitation was 4-6 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Interment was at Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery.

Shelia Dianne LaMartiniere

Shelia Dianne LaMartiniere, 72, of Columbia, former pastor of Beulah Land Church, died Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 25, 2019, at Mulhearn Funeral Home, Monroe. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Interment was in Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery.

Jo Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Henry Oxford

Funeral services celebrating the life of Jo Elizabeth “Betty” Henry Oxford, a lifelong resident of West Monroe, were at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2019, in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church in West Monroe, with the Rev. Jon Tellifero officiating. Visitation was held in the church parlor prior to the service, from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Betty was born Feb. 27, 1928, in her childhood home in West Monroe, to Dr. R.B. and Adah Spencer Henry. She died peacefully, on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, with her family at her side, in the home where she and her husband, Charles, raised their children.

Betty attended Crosley School through the seventh grade and graduated from Neville High School, where she served as president of her sorority, DKP. She graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a B.A. in Elementary Education. She also received a M.Ed., a +30 hours certification, and an Ed.S., from Northeast Louisiana University.

Betty was an elementary school teacher and principal in the Ouachita Parish School System for 39 1/2 years. She began her teaching career at Claiborne Elementary School and continued teaching at Kiroli Elementary, where she also served as Interim Principal. She concluded her teaching career as Principal at Woodlawn Elementary School. Betty enjoyed serving as a Supervisor of Student Teachers for ULM. She was a pioneer in the public school system as an advocate for Positive Behavior Modification, which was the subject of her Ed.S. thesis. She was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa Teacher’s Sorority, in which she served as Chaplin for several years. She was awarded the P.T.A. Educator of Distinction Award in 1976.

Betty was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church in West Monroe. She was a woman of strong faith, with a positive outlook on life that was uplifting and encouraging. Over the years she served her church as a Sunday School Teacher, Director of Vacation Bible School, Counselor of Methodist Youth Fellowship (MYF), Children’s Sunday School Superintendent, and Bible Study Leader. She was also a member of The Vera Jordan Circle.

She was a charter member of Cultura Book Club for over 60 years, where she enjoyed many friendships, some of which started in her childhood. As a charter member of D’Arbonne Yacht Club for over 50 years, she and her husband, and daughters, spent many weekends sailing on D’Arbonne Lake and racing in club regattas. Betty enjoyed fishing, following Lady Techster Basketball, annual family trips to the beach, and all family gatherings.

Betty married Charles Allen Oxford in 1951; they were married for 50 years and were the proud parents of three daughters: Alana, Alison and Lauren. Betty had a positive and fun-loving nature. She filled her family’s lives with love, joy and laughter. She will be greatly missed.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Allen Oxford; her parents, Dr. R.B. and Adah Spencer Henry; and her sister, Elsie Henry Slade.

Left to cherish her precious memory are her three daughters: Alana Oxford Bradley and husband, Chet; Alison Oxford Raney and husband, Ray; and Lauren Oxford Campbell and husband, Doug.

Betty was affectionately known as “Ooo” to her three grandchildren: Joseph Negron and wife, Heather; Alisa Negron Jones and husband, Chris; and Cab Bradley; by four great-granddaughters: Elisabeth and Tori Jane Jones; and Olivia and Amelia Negron; and expectant great-grandson Negron.

She is also survived by special family friend, Lucy Hood.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 1411 Glenwood Drive, West Monroe, LA 71291.

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George Watson Purvis

George Watson Purvis, 79, of West Monroe, died May 27, 2019. Graveside services were at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 30, 2019, at Roselawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Calhoun, under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home in West Monroe.

Sally Ann Roach

Sally Ann Roach, 85, of West Monroe, died May 28, 2019. Services were at 10 a.m. Friday, May 31, 2019, at Feazel Chapel at First Baptist Church in West Monroe. Interment was in Roselawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Calhoun. Visitation was 4-7 p.m. Thursday, May 30, 2019, at Mulhearn Funeral Home in West Monroe.

Angela Wilson

The family for Angela Wilson will receive guests from 5-8 p.m. Friday, May 24, 2019, at Christ Church in West Monroe. The funeral was at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Christ Church. Interment was at Kilpatrick’s Serenity Gardens under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of West Monroe.

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