Obituaries from April 11, 2013

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Sandra Hampton Stanfield Dixon, who was born in Augusta, Ga. and had resided in Slidell for the past 30 years, passed away on Friday, April 5, 2013.
She was 72 years old.
Before leaving Georgia, she attended Valdosta State College. She is preceded in death by her husband, David Clinton Dixon. She is survived by sons, Kenneth Richard Dixon of Hattiesburg, Ms. and Steven David Dixon of Slidell, as well as two daughters-in-law, Victoria Gassen Dixon and Colleen McKelvey Dixon.
She is also survived by four grandchildren, Amber Marie Dixon, David Paul Dixon and Mikhail Katau Dixon and Christian Robert Dixon.
In a time when women were just beginning to enter the business world, Dixon became a successful real estate broker, co-owner and president of Distinctive Real Estate, Inc. for 22 years. She was most recently an associate broker with Distinctive Real Estate, Inc., providing her clients with the most professional advice and counsel. In 1997, she was chosen as Small Business Person of the Year for the Greater Metropolitan New Orleans area. She was also a former Laubach adult tutor, a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) and a board member of the Slidell Art League.
In her younger years, Dixon was an avid scuba diver, and traveled extensively. She was a lover of reading and a member of the CLUB (Classy Ladies Understanding Books). She also enjoyed fishing, boating, bridge, art and watercolor painting.

Claude Behnke Wolcott Sr., passed away on March 23, 2013, from complications following lung surgery.
He is preceded in death by three brothers, George A. Walcott, Jack Walcott, Charles Wolcott; and one sister, Jane Wolcott Smith. He is survived by his wife, Annie Louise Mire Wolcott; brother, Mack Wolcott; two sisters, Launa Smith and Margaret Elander; four children, Claude B. (Bo) Wolcott Jr.(Susan), Timothy Gus Wolcott, Iola Ann Joyce Wolcott Badon (Tim), and Jane Elizabeth Wolcott; and seven grandchildren, Travis Badon, Laura Wolcott Cordon, Matthew Simon, Claude B. (Ben) Wolcott III, Annie Simon, Hank Badon and Madison Wolcott.
A lifelong Slidell resident, Behnke Wolcott was born on April 21, 1928. He graduated from Slidell High School in 1945. While at Slidell High School, he was an outstanding athlete. He played halfback on the football team that won the city’s first high school football state championship and was captain of the basketball team. He obtained a B.A. in Education from University of Minnesota and an M.A. in Education from Louisiana State University.
Wolcott is a veteran of both the Navy and Air Force. He joined the Navy during World War II. During the Korean War, he served in the Air Force and spent one-and-a-half years in Korea as a radio operator. He was the first principal of what is now Salmen High School. When Wolcott took over as principal, Salmen was a junior high school located in Old Town Slidell in the building that is now City Hall. During his tenure, Wolcott guided the expansion of Salmen by several grade levels and its movement to a new building in its current locale near Lake Pontchartrain. By the time he retired in 1983, Salmen had expanded to essentially its size today, a high school with grades 9-12. After his retirement from Salmen High, he later took over as principal of St. Margaret Mary School. He was principal there from 1989-1991. During his retirement from education, he became a licensed real estate agent in the Slidell area. During his retirement, he also worked for a time with handicapped adults, assisting them as they worked in normal jobs around the city. Behnke Wolcott was a proud Slidellian with extended family and roots in Slidell and an abundance of friends, many of them dating back to childhood.
Wolcott married his childhood friend and sweetheart, Annie Louise Mire Wolcott, who is also a native Slidellian with deep roots in the city. Married on March 10, 1951, “Annie and Behnke” were married for over 62 years at the time of his passing.
Funeral Services were held at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Slidell on March 27.
Masses preferred.
Honaker Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Thomas Edmond Davis Sr., of Slidell, passed away on Sunday, March 31, 2013.
He was 86 years old.
He was the husband of the late Mary Vaccaro Davis; father of Thomas E. Davis Jr., Mary D. Guidry, Jeanne Davis Chetta (Anthony), Joseph J. Davis (Theresa), Kathleen M. Davis and Stephen Scott Davis; and brother of John A. “Jack” Davis, the late Joseph Leo Davis, Agnes A. Homan, Helen D. Beckham, Francis W. Davis and Geneva D. Deleski.
He is also survived by seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
A U.S. Navy Veteran who served in WWII and the Korean War, Davis was a member of the Tulane University community for over 50 years, as a barber until his recent illness.
Memorial services were held at Honaker Funeral Home in Slidell on April 5.
Donations to Hospice Compassus, preferred, in lieu of flowers.
Visit www.honakerforestlawn.com to sign guestbook.
Arrangements by Honaker Funeral Home, Inc., Slidell.

Jean Robison Werner, born in Daytona Beach, Florida, passed away from complications of cancer on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at her home.
She was 73 years old.
Werner was a stay-at-home mom and very active in the community. She taught math at Our Lady of Lourdes School for a short while. She was active in Abney, St. Tammany Junior High and Salmen High School, assisting in classroom activities and with the PTA. She was involved with the organization of the Special Education Department with the St. Tammany Parish School Board. She also volunteered for over 20 years at Slidell Memorial Hospital.
Werner is survived by her husband, Mark Werner; three children, Steven Werner (wife Stacy Hunt) of Nebraska, Sandra Werner of Slidell, and Patricia Remond (husband John) of Slidell; four grandchildren, Jacob Werner, William Werner, Justin Remond and Brian Remond; and a brother, William Robison of Florida.
Memorial services were held at Honaker Funeral Home in Slidell on March 29.
Memorial gifts may be made to Animal Shelters and Cancer Research.
Visit www.honakerforestlawn.com to sign guestbook.
Arrangements by Honaker Funeral Home, Inc., Slidell.

Charles Henry Kreps Sr., of Slidell and Chalmette, La., passed away on Thursday, March 28, 2013.
He was 89 years old.
He was the husband of the late Lydia Boesch Kreps. Survivors include his children, Charles H. Kreps Jr. and Donna Kreps Sison; grandchildren, Shelley Sison Luscy, Keith P. Sison, Kelly Kreps Perchatsch, Charles “Trey” Kreps III; and seven great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry S. Kreps and Eleanor Kemper Kreps; sisters, Alma and Sister Mary Henry; and brother, Bernard. He has one surviving sibling, Francis H. Kreps of Warren, Ohio.
Kreps served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII.
Private services will be held and interment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Slidell, Louisiana.
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Arrangements by Honaker Funeral Home, Inc., Slidell.

John Morgan Stockstill passed away on December 3, 2012, from a stroke.
Born to Vallie Love and John Morgan Stockstill Sr. on March 14, 1932 at home in Biloxi, Stockstill was a robust and curious boy, wanting to know how things worked.
He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force, and served his country proudly and well.
Married three times: first wife, Joyce Tapper, mother of his two children, Roxann Stockstill Johnson and Delmar Daniel Stockstill; second wife, Marie McGinnis, with four step-children, Dale Paige Jr., Timothy Paige, Sharon Tardo and Gina Crawford; and third wife, Myrna Martin, mother of Tammy Baughman. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at D.T. Williams Funeral Home, 67525 Hwy. 41, Pearl River, on April 6.
Chaplain David Diamond officiated.

Miles E. Herleikson passed away at his home in Slidell on Wednesday, March 20, 2013.
He is the husband of Angela Curet Herleikson for seven years; son of Helen Walker Herleikson and the late Harland B. Herleikson; father of Miles E. Herleikson Jr. (Somer), Joshua Herleikson and Deanna Belanger; brother of Butch Herleikson (Jeannie), Tonia Lubwig (Ray) and Trina Calhoun (Bill); and grandfather of Skyler, Breanna and Levi.
The family will have a private memorial service at a later time.
James R. Berry passed away on Saturday, March 30, 2013.
He was 82 years old.
He was a draftsman retired from Texaco.
Berry is survived by four daughters, Diane Mayo (Tommy), Debbie Caminita (Frank), Pamela Casper and Lori Barnett (Bryan); two brothers, Richard and Jack Berry; 12 grandchildren, Meshelle, Michael, Amanda, Kyle, Abby, Annie, Kristen, Michael Jr., Shay, Blake, Haylee and Rebecca; and five great-grandchildren, Megan, Tyler, Emmalee, Liam and Molly.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Wanda Berry; brother, Bill Berry; two sisters, Ann Scarborough and Beth Dean; and parents, William and Sarah Berry.
Funeral services were held from the chapel of D.T.?Williams Funeral Home, 67525 Hwy. 41, Pearl River, on April 2.

Vera Williams James, of Lacombe, passed away on Wednesday, April 3, 2013.
She was 57 years old.
She was the wife of Roy Nels James; daughter of the late Bert C. Williams, Sr. and Cora I. Williams; mother of Jason R. James and Joshua C. James; step-mother of Michael S. James; and sister of George Williams, the late Bert C. Williams Jr., and Shirley M. Giardelli.
She served in the U.S. Air Force and was a former employee of the U.S. Postal Service.
Funeral services were held at Honaker Funeral Home in Slidell on April 8.
Visit www.honakerforestlawn.com to sign guestbook.
Arrangements by Honaker Funeral Home, Inc., Slidell.

Calvin A. “Andy” Taylor Jr. passed away at Ochsner, Slidell on Saturday, March 30, 2013.
He was 58 years old.
He was born in Palacios, Texas, grew up in Metairie and resided in Slidell for the past 25 years.
Taylor was the father of Danielle Taylor; brother of Kaye, Nancy and Pam; and grandfather of Ariana and Kaitlyn.
Donations preferred to St. Jude Children’s Charity.
A memorial service was held on April 6 at Serenity Funeral Home, 20419 Hwy 36 in Covington, La.
Visitation was on Saturday, April 6 at the funeral home from noon until service time.
Visit www.serenitycovington.com.

Walter Schlessman passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Libby and Michael Bentson.
Born March 2, 1919, in Pittsburgh, Penn., schooled at the University of Pittsburgh, he entered the Army Air Corp in 1941 as a Cadet, then later a bombardier in the Pacific Corredor during World War II. He met the love of his life, Marian Cotton, while stationed in Casper, Wyoming, and they married January 23, 1944. Schlessman stayed in the Air Force Reserves after the war, retiring as a Major in 1979. He and his wife purchased the Grant Street Grocery in Casper, Wyoming, in 1946, where he was owner/butcher until selling in 1980 when they moved to Diamondhead, Ms.
An avid golfer, Schlessman was president of many golfing associations and winner of several club championships. He was active in Lions Club, representing the Casper Club in China in 1975, The Shrine, and in the Episcopal Church Vestry.
He was preceded in death by his parents Walter Ephraim Schlessman Sr. and Clara Fink Schlessman.
He is survived by his wife, Marian Schlessman; son and daughter-in-laws, Alan Colton Schlessman and Terri Gallmeier and Libby and Michael Bentson; four grandchildren, Adam and Adrian Schless-Meier, Jennifer Hubbert and her husband Mike, Dennis Bentson and his wife Kelly; and four great-grandchildren, Zachary, Elena, Adeline and Kieran.
Memorial services were held on March 24 at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 5303 Diamondhead Circle, Diamondhead, Ms.
Visit www.honakerforestlawn.com to sign guestbook.
Arrangements by Honaker Funeral Home, Inc., Slidell.

Michael Lee Litzenberger, of Slidell, passed away on Sunday, April 7, 2013.
He was 86 years old.
He was the husband of Dolores Marilyn Walton Litzenberger; father of John M. Litzenberger (Gwen), Kenneth L. Litzenberger (Debora) and Robert D. Litzenberger; brother of Richard Litzenberger, Gloria Puzzella, Joan Laveglia, Daniel Gervasio, Bill Gervasio and Lucille Brock.
He is also survived by eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was a WWII Veteran, serving with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theatre. He was a volunteer for 18 years with the Red Cross, was a Square Dance Caller for the Tammany Twirlers and was retired from UNIVAC Computer Company.
A memorial service was held at Honaker Funeral Home on April 10.
Donations to the South East Chapter of the American Red Cross or St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, is preferred, in lieu of flowers.
Visit www.honakerforestlawn.com to sign guestbook.
Arrangements by Honaker Funeral Home, Inc., Slidell.

Josie Mitchell Williams Spiers passed away on Wednesday, March 27, 2013.
She was 85 years old.
She is survived by two children, Eugene E. Williams Jr. and Janie Williams Rester; brothers, Monroe and George Mitchell; sister, Peggy S. Parson; eight grandchildren, Jennifer, Clinton, Michael, Becki, Steven, Barbara, Molly and Danny Jr.; and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Eugene E. Williams Sr. and Bennie Spiers; a son, Danny T. Williams Sr.; parents, Joseph and Ola Pearl Mitchell; a sister, Emma J. Harris; and a great-grandson, Matthew Williams.
Funeral services were held from the chapel of D.T. Williams Funeral Home, 67525 Hwy. 41, Pearl River, on March 29.
Danny Williams Jr. officiated.

Georgia H. White, of Slidell, passed away on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at her home.
She was 83 years old.
She was the wife of the late Jasper “Jack” Ray White; mother of Deborah Reavis and the late Pamela Delaney, and Randy White; and daughter of the late George and Eula Haigler.
Sh­e is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
White was a native of Fort Deposit, Ala. and lifelong resident of Slidell. She was a member of Hope Baptist Church of Slidell.
Funeral services were held at Honaker Funeral Home in Slidell on April 5.
Visit www.honakerforestlawn.com to sign guestbook.
Arrangements by Honaker Funeral Home, Inc., Slidell.

Ellen V. Scarborough Kent, of Slidell, passed away on Sunday, April 7, 2013, at River Regions Hospice House in River Ridge, La.
She was 82 years old.
She was the wife of the late Ross L. Kent Sr.; mother of Roslyn Stevens (Robert), Ross L. Kent Jr. (the late Nancy Phelps Kent), Steven W. Kent and Ellen Barrow (Bob).
She is also survived by nine grandchildren, and 19 great grandchildren.
Kent was a native of Yazoo County, Ms. and a resident of Slidell since 1971.
Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the funeral services at Honaker Funeral Home, 1751 Gause Blvd. West (in Forest Lawn Cemetery), Slidell, on Thursday, April 11 at 1 p.m. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Donations to The American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org are preferred, in lieu of flowers.
Visit www.honakerforestlawn.com to sign guestbook.
Arrangements by Honaker Funeral Home, Inc., Slidell.

 

 

 

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