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August 26th, 2014

Coach Wyman Lee Collie

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Funeral services for Coach Wyman Lee Collie, 84, of Gilbert, Louisiana, will be held  10:00 A.M., Thursday, August 28, 2014, at Winnsboro First Baptist Church, Winnsboro, LA. with Rev. Jerry Grant officiating, Interment will follow 2:30 P.M., at Forest Lawn Memorial in Ruston, LA.  The family will receive friends at Community Memorial Funeral Home, Winnsboro, LA on Wednesday evening, August 27th from 5 P.M. until 8 P.M.  Coach Collie passed from this life on Monday, August 25, 2014, after a journey through Alzheimer’s, yet a journey that never took his smile and wit. 

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August 25th

Mary Ann Davis Evans

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Mary Ann Davis Evans (82), long- time resident of Colorado Springs, Colorado, died at her home on Thursday, August 21, 2014.

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William Earl "Billy" Fowler

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William Earl "Billy" Fowler, 86, of Ruston, passed away peacefully at home on August 23, 2014.
He was born November 30, 1927 in Lincoln Parish, son of Drew Earl and Della Stephenson Fowler. He  graduated in engineering from Louisiana Tech University and retired from a lifelong career at the Naval Ordinance Lab in Washington, DC.

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his four siblings, Ardis Fowler, Cleonis Fowler, Eloise Fowler, and Nelda Fowler John; and by his son, Jim Fowler.

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August 22nd

William Prentiss “Billy” Mitchell, Sr.

William Prentiss “Billy” Mitchell, Sr., 59 of Tybee Island, Georgia passed away unexpectedly on the evening of August 17, 2014.  He was born September 25, 1954 in Ruston, Louisiana son of John A. Mitchell, Sr. and Marjorie Pardue Mitchell.  He was a graduate of Louisiana Tech University and was a veteran of the United States Army.  

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August 20th

Lynda Champagne

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Graveside services for Lynda Champagne, age 75, of Dubach, LA, formerly of Houma, LA will be held at 1:00 PM Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at Union Cemetery in Dubach, LA under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston, LA.

Mrs. Champagne was born November 3, 1938 and passed away Monday, August 18, 2014.
Mrs. Champagne was a member of the Baptist faith. She was a graduate of LA Tech and a retired Teacher.

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Mary Katherine Lann Gregory

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Mary Katherine Lann Gregory born September 1, 1934, went to be her Lord and Savior on Monday, August 18, 2014 after her battle with cancer. Mary Katherine was born the daughter of Wharton M. and Lavena Lann of Ruston, Louisiana. Born and raised in Ruston, Louisiana, she was a graduate of Ruston High School and Louisiana Tech University. Upon graduation, she relocated to St. Joseph, Louisiana where she was a teacher at Davidson High School and Tensas Academy.

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Mrs. Nancy King

Memorial gathering for Mrs. Nancy King, 73 of Ruston, LA was from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM Sunday, August 17, 2014 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Choudrant with Rev. Brad Jones officiating under the direction of Griffin Funeral Home in West Monroe.

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Carolyn (Roy) McHale

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Carolyn (Roy) McHale age 77 of Ruston died Sunday August 17, 2014. Carolyn was a strong Christian woman who adored her husband of 58 years, John J. “Mickey” McHale, her 5 children, Patti Fuller; husband Wes of Southlake, TX; Son; Mike McHale, wife Cathy of Choudrant, LA; Daughter: Sam Brenner of Rowlett, TX; son Kelly McHale, wife Jenifer of Arcadia, FL; and daughter; Mary Tomlin, husband Tommy of Ruston, LA 10 grandchildren: Angela, Michael, Christina, Dusty, Sarah, Danielle, Joshua, Jesi, Johnny, and Julia and 5 great- grandchildren.

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August 19th

Dr. Walter Tracy Smith

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Funeral services for Dr. Walter Tracy Smith, age 83, of Ruston will be held 10:00 AM, Thursday, August 21, 2014 at Owens Memorial Chapel in Ruston with Bro. Cary Tolar officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Ruston. Dr. Smith was born on November 12, 1930, in Marion, LA.  He passed away peacefully at home on August 18, 2014, after a brief, but valiant battle with cancer. 

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August 15th

Mr. Manley Talton (M.T.) Branham

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Funeral services for Mr. Manley Talton (M.T.) Branham, age 89 of Ruston, will be held at Temple Baptist Church Chapel at 4:00 PM Saturday, August 16 2014.  Visitation will be held from 3:00 PM until the time of the service. Officiating the service will be Rev. Dale Oden. Services are under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston. Monday, August 18, 2014, a service for Mr. Branham will be held at 12:00 Noon at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home in Trussville, AL. Burial will follow in Jefferson Memorial Gardens.

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