Bobby Wayne Hall
1947 – 2018
Our mother, Elaine Hinton, was born on a riverboat in the Ouachita River. She married a Texas man, named Neal Hall. My brother Bobby and I were born in the old Mosley Clinic in Monroe. When we were young our parents traveled all over America as our father was a Pipeliner. Dad helped lay the massive system of oil and gas lines across our nation. Between jobs, our parents always returned to West Monroe and enrolled us in school. West Monroe was where our grandparents (Herbie and Anniebelle Hinton), aunts, uncles and cousins all lived. To Bobby and me, West Monroe was home.
Bobby attended Kiroli Elementary, West Monroe Junior High and West Monroe High School. From elementary school onward, he always had a baseball, football or basketball in his hand. He was a gifted athlete and loved playing all sports. He played team sports at the junior high and then went onto to play varsity baseball, football, and basketball at West Monroe High. He also played baseball in the West Monroe Pelican League and the West Monroe Dixie Senior League. He was a member of the Letterman’s Club, Key Club and Hi-Y.
At WMHS he was elected president of his freshman class and then the next year elected sophomore class president. As a sophomore, he was chosen as a class favorite. My brother often told me the years he spent at the junior high and high school were some of the best years of his life. He graduated in 1965.
In 1971 when Bobby was 24-years old, he was working for Lone Star Gas in Waco, Texas. This was the year tragedy struck my brother. He suffered a shotgun blast to his face. By the grace of God, my brother survived. However his eyes were destroyed and he had to undergo several plastic surgeries to rebuild his face. For several years Bobby became a recluse as he adjusted to living Life as a blind man. Then one day he surprised our parents and me by announcing that he was going to college. At the age of 34, he enrolled at McLennan Community College in Waco; he graduated with Honors. He then transferred to Baylor University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts. He continued at Baylor and earned a Masters in Science in Education. His specialty was Psychology. He planned to become a councilor to the elderly. Due to his own experiences suffering pain, depression and loss, he felt he could help them best.
The shotgun blast that blinded my brother also destroyed his immune system and the stress of college life and studies took quite a toll on his body. Shortly after he was awarded his Masters’ degree, he had the first heart attack. That was followed by more heart attacks, eventually open heart surgery, kidney surgery, multiple bouts of congestive heart failure, diabetes and the need for oxygen 24/7. To his great disappointment, Bobby never got to practice his profession. He was declared permanently disabled by the Court.
Though sidelined by his health from working, my brother was determined to enjoy life. He took trips with my family and his friends all over the country. He loved to go dancing and to host parties. He was a master at enlisting his friends’ help in decorating and food shopping. Though he never got his license to practice, he did help many friends with their personal problems.
After our parents passed, Bobby spent every January and February with my family. Over the years my Dear Hubby and brother became really good friends. Together they devised a method whereby they could play catch. Together they also decorated the outside of our home with Christmas lights galore. During these years our sons really came to know their uncle. Once the boys got their driver’s license, they enjoyed taking Uncle to see the latest movies. In the theater they would sandwich Bobby between them so they could whisper and explain the action on the screen to him. Christmas and New Year’s with my brother in our home was a really fun time for my family.
Bobby was a slow talking man with an engaging personality that drew people to him. He enjoyed socializing and also solitude. He was strong willed and independent. He was a thinker and a planner. He was a man to be admired.
On October 3rd, Bobby passed onto his heavenly reward. I laid him to rest beside our parents at the Olive Branch Cemetery in Axtell, Texas. He was 71-years old.
Bobby lived his adult years in Texas; however my brother’s heart was always in West Monroe. (Gloria Hall Miller)
Eloise Bailey, 98, of Mooresville, N.C., formerly of Monroe, a music educator, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, at Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home, Monroe.
Debra Ann Fitzgerald
Funeral Services for Debra Ann Fitzgerald, 60, of West Monroe, will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, at Mulhearn Funeral Home, West Monroe with Rev. Gordon “Skip” Dean officiating. Interment will follow in Hasley Cemetery under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home, West Monroe.
Debra was born on April 26, 1958, in Turlock, Calif., and passed away on Nov. 4, 2018 in West Monroe. She was a special education teacher for the Ouachita Parish School Board for 29 years. Debra was District Governor for the Lions Club International District 8I and a member of The Greater Ouachita Lions Club. She loved cooking, painting and doing crafts. With her many accomplishments, being a wonderful grandmother to her grandsons was in her opinion, her greatest accomplishment. Debra is preceded in death by her father, Bill Stroud; brother, William Stroud; and niece, McKenzie Stroud.
Survivors include her husband, Robert Fitzgerald; daughter, Didi McCarthy and husband, Joel Watkins; grandsons, Jonathan Watkins and Rylan Watkins; mother, Barbara Stroud; brother, Robert Stroud and wife Crystal; niece, Marleigh Stroud; and numerous other relatives.
Pallbearers will be Robert Hollingsworth, Ray Cecile, William Arcenaux, Brad Parker.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 at Mulhearn Funeral Home, West Monroe.
Leonard “Buddy” Gilmore
Funeral services for Mr. Leonard “Buddy” Gilmore, 61, of Homer, will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, at Wesley Chapel in West Monroe. Interment will follow at Mt. Vernon Baptist Cemetery in West Monroe under the direction of Griffin Funeral Home West Monroe. Visitation is noon Friday until time of service at the church. He died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018.
Pauline “Paula” Hebert
Graveside services for Pauline Paula Hebert, 76, retired receptionist, of Monroe, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, at New Hope Cemetery in Choudrant under the direction of Griffin Funeral Home, West Monroe. She died Monday, Nov. 5, 2018.
Clyde M. Hodge
Clyde M. Hodge, 86, of Monroe, an insurance salesman, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. Services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, at Mulhearn Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel. Visitation was Wednesday at Mulhearn Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel. Interment was in the Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home, Monroe.
Jean Newell Holloway
Jean Newell Holloway, 91, of Monroe, a homemaker, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. Services were at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, at First United Methodist Church, West Monroe. Visitation was Sunday at the church. Interment was in the Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home, Monroe.
William “Billy” Wesley Hood
Funeral services for William “Billy” Wesley Hood was at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, at Kilpatrick Funeral Home, Farmerville. Interment was at Liberty Hill Cemetery in Farmerville.
Mark Steven Hutson
Mark Steven Hutson, 62, of West Monroe, died Nov. 1, 2018. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, at Immanuel Worship Center in West Monroe. Interment followed in the Hutson Family Cemetery, West Monroe under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home, West Monroe.
Benny Neil Johnson Sr.
Benny Neil Johnson Sr., 88, of Monroe, a retired part manager for Ryan Chevrolet, died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. Graveside services were at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, at Prewitt Cemetery, Mangham, under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home, Monroe. Visitation was 5-8 p.m. Saturday, at the funeral home.
Buddy Arkie Johnston
Buddy Arkie Johnston, 71, of West Monroe, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. Services were at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, at Mulhearn Funeral Home, Monroe. Visitation was Thursday, Nov. 1, at the funeral home. Interment was in the Mulhearn Memorial Park Mausoleum.
David Lee Kosik
David Lee Kosik, 87, of Monroe, an aircraft mechanic, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. Services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, at Jesus the Good Shepherd Catholic Church. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Friday and a Vigil Wake Service at 6 p.m. at Mulhearn Funeral Home, Monroe. Interment was in Alexandria Memorial Gardens, Alexandria.
Alice Miller Evans Pipes
Alice Miller Evans Pipes, 91, of West Monroe, died Oct. 27, 2018. A gathering of friends and family was at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, at her home in West Monroe.
Agnes Beatrice Sanson
Agnes Beatrice Sanson, 95, of Monroe, a homemaker, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. Services were at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at Evangeline Baptist Church, Jonesville. Visitation was 5-8 p..m. Monday at the church. Interment was in Evangeline Baptist Church Cemetery, under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home, Monroe.
Etta Underwood Tolbert
Funeral services for Etta Underwood Tolbert, 79, of West Monroe, were at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, at Kilpatrick Funeral Home West Monroe. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Saturday. Interment was at Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Eros, under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home West Monroe.
Joshua Caleb Walker
Funeral services for Mr. Joshua Caleb Walker, 32, maintenance technician for Comcast, of West Monroe, were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, at Griffin Funeral Home, West Monroe. Interment was at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Calhoun. Visitation was Tuesday, at the funeral home. He died Friday, Nov. 2, 2018.