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April 10th, 2015

Lessie Ruff Cason

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Lessie Ruff Cason, 91, of Ruston went to be with the Lord on April 6 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leslie and Myrtle Jones Ruff, sister, Millie Bonner and husband, Robert L. (Bob) Cason. A longtime resident of Ruston, she was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who loved each member of her family unconditionally. She was a great encourager who, along with her husband, taught her children the value of faith in God and the love of life, family and friends.

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April 6th

Brenda Rose “Penny” Knowles Ford

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Funeral services for Brenda Rose “Penny” Knowles Ford, 72, of Choudrant will be held 2:00 PM Monday, April 6, 2015 at First Baptist Church Choudrant. Officiating the services will be Bro. David Harrell. Interment will follow at Choudrant Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston.

Mrs. Ford was born February 7, 1943 and passed away April 3, 2015.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Choudrant and worked as a mail carrier for the US Postal service.

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April 3rd

Robert Osborne

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A Celebration of Life Service for Robert Osborne, 66, of Shreveport, formerly of Grambling, will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, April 4, 2015, at Church at Red River in Shreveport, La. Burial will follow at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery.  Public Viewing is scheduled on Friday, April 3, 2015 from noon to 8:00 p.m. at Good Samaritan Funeral Home, 2200 Laurel St., Shreveport, LA.  Mr. Osborne was born May 9, 1948 and passed away March 24, 2015.  

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Charles Wates Bussey

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Charles Wates Bussey, Jr., 80, of Clemson, SC died on April 2, 2015. Charlie was born in Woodruff, SC, on October 11, 1934, and was the son of Charles Wates Bussey, Sr. and Mary Frances Drennan Bussey. 

Charlie graduated from Henderson High School and Clemson University with a degree in Textile Manufacturing.  As quarterback of the Clemson team, Charlie led the Tigers to the 1957 Orange Bowl. His honors included Academic All-American and All-ACC. In addition, he was an Outstanding Military Graduate, a member of Tiger Brotherhood and Blue Key, and graduated with academic honors. 

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April 2nd

Mildred Ardatha Hall

Mildred Ardatha Hall, age 75 of Ruston, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at Alpine Guest Care in Ruston. She was born June 7, 1939 in Alexandria. A memorial service for Mrs. Hall will be held at 10:30 AM Saturday, April 4, 2015 at University Baptist Church in Ruston. She grew up in Alexandria, attended Bolton High School and graduated from Louisiana College with a degree in Education.

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Cecil Holstead

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Cecil Holstead of Port Neches, Texas died March 31, 2015 at the age of 97. He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, his wife of nearly 74 years, Katie Holstead and his youngest daughter, Jo Beth Williams. He is survived by his older daughters, Joyce Haese of Choudrant, Louisiana and Cecile Holstead of Port Neches. Other survivors include 8 grandchildren, 22 great- grandchildren, 6 great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

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March 31st

Mary F. Dosher

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Services for Mary F. Dosher, 83, of Ruston will be held at 1:00 PM Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston. Officiating the services will be Father Frank Folino. Mrs. Dosher was born March 15, 1932 and passed away March 29, 2015. She is preceded in death by her husband Taliford Harris “Pete” Dosher; and son: Keith Dosher.

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Betty Ann Norris Stedman

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Betty Ann Norris Stedman, 81, devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died peacefully on Friday, March 27, 2015. She was born in Ruston, Louisiana, on November 20, 1933, the daughter of Elgin Lewis and Clara V Moore Norris. While attending Louisiana Tech University she married Roy Edward Stedman, who preceded her in death in 2009.

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Ronnie B. Suggs

A Celebration of Life Service for Ronnie B. Suggs, age 68, of Bossier City, formerly of Ruston, will be held Monday, March 30, 2015 at 3:00 P.M. at Lisbon United Methodist Church in Lisbon. Brother Terry Willis will officiate the service. Interment will follow in Lisbon Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston, LA. Ronnie was born on December 11, 1946 in Lisbon and was called home to be with his Lord on March 29, 2015 following a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer.

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Mrs. Willard S. Mahfouz

Mrs. Willard S. Mahfouz, 87, of Lake Charles, passed away Thursday, surrounded by loved ones. 
Mrs. Mahfouz was a life-long resident of Louisiana, graduating from Louisiana Tech University in 1949.  She attended Saint Margaret’s Catholic Church in Lake Charles, and was a member of the Louisiana Retired State Employees Association.

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