Obituaries – March 30

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Obituaries – March 30

Walter Hill Clement IIIWalter Hill Clement III, age 86, passed away on Friday March 24, 2017 after a long illness surrounded by his loving family.

He was a native of New Orleans and a resident of Slidell since 1955. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Rosemary Sires Clement.

He was preceded in death by his eldest son, Walter Hill Clement IV; his parents, Walter Hill Clement Jr. and Elvera Revolta Clement; and his sister, Linda Clement Norvell.

His surviving children are Bruce William Clement (Lisa Fitzmorris Clement), Candace Clement Collins, MD (Jason H. Collins, MD), Mary Anne Clement, and Gwendolyn Maria Clement.

He was the brother of Shirley Clement Smith and Dorothy Clement Cooper. He is survived by 13 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Clement retired from South Central Bell after 33 years and after retirement continued in his own telecommunication company. Behind the scenes, he tirelessly supported his wife in her dancing school recitals. He and the love of his life, “Miss Rosemary” traveled the world and enjoyed outdoor water activities at their home on Bayou Bonfouca. He was parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.

A funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 400 Westchester Place, Slidell, on March 29.

The burial will be private. The family requests prayers or a donation to Notre Dame Hospice or a charity of your choice in lieu of flowers.


Fred Byron Richardson IVFred Byron Richardson IV, of Pearl River, LA, passed away on Monday, March 27, 2017.

He was 20 years old.

He was the son of Fred B. Richardson, III and Julie Cappel Richardson; brother of Annabel Richardson; and grandson of Carl Cappel and Ann Abney Cappel, and the late Fred B. Richardson, Jr. and Joan Berry Richardson.

He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

A native of Slidell, he was a graduate of Slidell High School and a student at Baton Rouge Community College.

Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the funeral Mass at Honaker Funeral Home, 1751 Gause Blvd. West (in Forest Lawn Cemetery), Slidell, on Friday, March 31 at 1 p.m.

Visitation on Friday after 11 a.m. until funeral time.



Daniel Franklin ThomasDaniel “Danny” Franklin Thomas, of Slidell, LA, passed away peacefully on Saturday March 25, 2017, at the age of 75, surrounded by his family.

Danny is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ellen Cornelius Thomas; daughter, Christy Thomas Hollenbeck (Eddy); son, Kevin Thomas (Jill); daughter, Leslie Thomas Gates (Brian), all of Slidell; sister, Marilyn Thomas, of Huntsville, Alabama; nine grandchildren, Jordan Hollenbeck, Kaitlyn Godin, Brittany Thomas, Courtney Hollenbeck, Madison Thomas, Devin Gates, Brice Gates, Carly Gates, of Slidell, Brayden Thomas, of Ocean Springs, Mississippi; and three great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, James Emil Thomas and Virginia Daniel Thomas; and his brother, James William Thomas, of Huntsville, Alabama.

Danny was born in Corning, New York on July 24, 1941. He spent most of his childhood and the early part of his adult years in Huntsville, Alabama, graduating Huntsville High in 1959 and attending Auburn University. WAR EAGLE! Danny has been a resident of Slidell for 44 years. He has also been a member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for the same amount of time, serving in various positions, including Deacon and Elder.

He was a missionary for the “Dos Amigos” medical/dental mission in the jungles of Belize 2001-2004. He loved his Church, and although his illness didn’t allow him to attend towards the end, his faith in God still remained strong.

He was accepted into the Free Masons in 1983, at Slidell Lodge 311, and has served in positions throughout the Blue Lodge, Knights Templar, Red Cross of Constantine and many other orders. He took so much pride in being a Mason, and reached his goal of Grand Commander for the State of Louisiana (Knights Templar) in 2008-2009.

He also served his Country for 37 years in the United States Army Reserves, traveling the world. He was a Gulf War veteran and retired as a CW4. Two of his children and his grandson followed in his Army footsteps. He would brag about his “Army family” often.

Danny was a Technical Writer for over 40 years. He loved Auburn football, country music, yard work, cars, cowboy boots, and bonfires. He flew Old Glory every day of his adult life. He worked hard until he was no longer able and loved his family until his last breath.

Funeral services will be held at the First Christian Church 102 Christian Lane, Slidell,  on Saturday, April 1 at 1 p.m.

Visitation at the church from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. with Temple Guard and Masonic services at 12:45 p.m.

Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Knights Templar Eye Foundation, 1033 Long Prairie Rd. Suite 5, Flower Mound, TX 75022;  (214) 888-0220.



David Francis Slagle SrDavid Francis Slagle Sr., of Slidell, passed away on Friday, March 24, 2017.

He was 95 years old.

He was the husband of the late Mary Iris Slagle; father of Cinda LeaAnn Walton (Bill); Dr. David F. Slagle II (Ramona), and Suzanne Mary Shead (Tom); and brother of the late Alice Ducay, Edward Slagle, Alfred Slagle and William Slagle.

He is also survived by six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He served as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps in WWII.

Graveside services were held on March 29 at the Southeast La. Veterans Cemetery, 34888 Grantham College Road, Slidell.

Kindly omit flowers. Donations in his memory may be made to Boys Town, 14100 Crawford Street Boys Town, NE 68010.



Talmadge Smith Jr. passed away on March 18, 2017 in Slidell.

A native of Slidell, he was a professional painter for 12 years.

Survivors include three children, Ramona Smith, Racqueal Smith and Christopher Smith; three grandchildren Kemon Smith, Kailee Smith and Bennie Amos III; two sisters, Juliet (Peaches) McKnight, Brenda (Pinky) Clark; and two brothers, Tim Smith and Romeo Smith. 

Funeral services were held on March 25 at Pentecost Missionary Baptist Church, 36138 Shady Lane, Slidell.  Rev. Calvin Baker officiated at the service, assisted by Kerry Eugene. Burial in the Dansey Cemetery.

Services under the direction of Baylous Funeral Home in Picayune, Ms.



Eli H. Lee, of Slidell, passed away on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, in Slidell.

He was 88 years old.

Lee was preceded in death by his first wife, Frances Jane Lee; and children, Elder Coleman, and Janet Chauvin.

He is survived by his second wife, Dorothy Lee; children, Roger Fisk, Steve Fisk, Alan Fisk, Dana Fisk, and Diane Denton; and one brother, Curtis Lee.

A native of Carnes, Mississippi, and a resident of Slidell since 1965, he was retired from Kaiser Aluminum in Chalmette.

Funeral services were held on March 25 at Honaker Funeral Home in Slidell.



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