Obituaries – May 11

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Obituaries – May 11

James Pezant websiteOn Tuesday, May 2nd 2017, James Numa Pezant went to be with his Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Jim is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marian Pingel Pezant, daughter Lisa Pezant Rickert, son-in-law Bill Rickert, and granddaughters, Annelise and Katherine Rickert. Jim was preceded in death by his sons, James, Jr. and Michael and his parents, James Jacques and Adelaide Flores Pezant.

Jim, age 92, was born November 9, 1924 on St. Ann Street in New Orleans. He served in the Army Air Corps during WWII in Okinawa with the 445thBombardment Group. After returning from the war, he attended Tulane University, graduating with honors in 1951.

Jim worked for the City of New Orleans for 30 years and retired in 1981 as the Director of Research Staff for the City Council. During that time, he received a master’s in Political Science, working towards a doctorate from the University of New Orleans.  In retirement, Jim pursued his love of coins and became a registered Numismatist. Fascinated with coins by his love of history, this became his second career, buying and selling coins, notes, guns and more.

A dedicated civil servant, Jim served in many leadership positions. In the American Legion Pontchartrain Post #228, he served as 1st District Chief, Commander, Vice Commander and School Award Committeeman, co-chair of Bells across the Nation Program and Treasurer of the 1st District from the 1950’s – 1980’s. During that time, he also served as the Chairman and Procurement Chair, 1st District of the Louisiana Pelican Boys State Program.

Jim served as President of the Coronado Height/Merle Manor Civic Association, President and Stewardship Chair of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, and Stewardship Chairman of Lamb of God Lutheran Church. A life dedicated to service, Jim always felt blessed and wanted to give back.

His greatest legacy is that he was a loyal and loving son, husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed.

A memorial service was held at Lamb of God Lutheran Church, 57210 Allen Road, Slidell, LA on Monday, May 8th, 2017.  Special thanks to Canon Hospice, Kindred Home Health Care and especially caregivers; Cheryl, Gwen, Marie, Shay and Neat, for their devotion and loving care of Jim.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers that a Memorial is given to Lamb of God Lutheran in Slidell, LA.

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Isabel Ragas Crais websiteIsabel Ragas Crais, age 91, of Slidell passed away on Monday, May 1, 2017.

She was the wife of the late Robert Emile Crais; mother of Robert E. Crais, Jr. (Jessie), Sandra C. Burke (Leonard) and Mary Ann McKenna (Jerry); and daughter of the late Leo Arnold Ragas and Rita Farrell Ragas.

Also, sister of the late Dorothy R. Truxillo; grandmother (Granny) of Leonard “Clay” Burke, II, Meighan E. Burke, Rene E. Crais, Rebecca E. Crais, Amber V. McKenna, Jennifer M. Haston and the late Ryan E. Crais.

A native of New Orleans, Isabel was the secretary for the Vieux Carre Commission, as well as the secretary for St. Cecilia Catholic Church in New Orleans and St. Ann-St. John Catholic Church in Waveland, MS. She was the Executive Director of the New Orleans Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Just before retiring to Bay St Louis, MS with her husband, Isabel was the bookkeeper for Pitard, Pitard and Porobil Attorneys at Law.

A funeral mass was held at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church, Lacombe, on Monday, May 8, 2017. Interment in St. Louis #3 Cemetery, New Orleans, La.

Masses preferred, in lieu of flowers.




John Jowly websiteJohn James Jowly, age 88, of  Lacombe passed away on Thursday, May 4, 2017.

He was the husband for 66 years of the late Doris E. Buttner Jowly; father of James J. Jowly (Karen), Ceserene Jowly Koppi (Mike), and Evelina Mae Jowly Edwards; and son of the late Christopher James Jowly and Ceserene Belinda Dejanaz Jowly.

Also, brother of the late Metro James Jowly; grandfather of Heather Jowly Huff, Joseph Jowly, Daniel Olson, Michael Koppi, Jr., Christopher Koppi, Angie Koppi, Paul Koppi, Dustin K. Edwards, Andre’ J. Edwards, and James M. Jowly; and survived by 10 great grandchildren.

A funeral mass was held at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Lacombe, on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Interment in the Southeast LA Veterans Cemetery, Slidell.




Marie Stanley websiteMarie Wright Stanley, age 69, of Slidell passed away on Saturday, May 6, 2017.

She was the mother of Tommy Stanley and wife Jennifer, and Danny Stanley and wife Christine; daughter of the late Thomas H. Wright and Evelyn Riley Wright; and sister of Jack Wright, James Wright and Faye Bailey.

Also, survived by five grandchildren.

Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the memorial service at Honaker Funeral Home, 1751 Gause Blvd. West (in Forest Lawn Cemetery), Slidell, on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 6 p.m. Visitation at Honaker Funeral Home on Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m.




Dorothy Barnes websiteDorothy “Dottie” Walker Barnes, age 80, passed away on Sunday, April 30, 2017.

She was the wife of the late Louis Barnes; and mother of Marie Aldana (Julius), David Lynch, and Denise Deason (Dave).

Also, sister of Mary Ann Phelan, Connie Prather, Fritz Walker, Linda Haymon and the late Larry Walker; grandmother of Michael Aldana, Jeanne Konopnicki, Amber Davis, Jarod Aldana, and Madeline Aldana; and survived by nine great-grandchildren.

Also, daughter of the late Aquila and Marguerite Walker.

Barnes was a resident of Slidell for the past 40 years and was a member of St. Margaret Mary Church, and recently, a member of St. Genevieve Catholic Church.

Funeral services were held at St. Genevieve Catholic Church, Slidell, on Friday May 5, 2017. Interment at Honaker’s Forest Lawn Cemetery.




Josephine Gunnells websiteJosephine Gunnells, age 81, of Slidell passed away on Sunday, April 30, 2017 in Lacombe.

She was the wife of the late Jay T. Gunnells Jr.; mother of Sheila Smith (Steven), Mary G. Thomas, Mona Gunnells, Betty Jo Cheek (Davis), Valerie Epnett (Curtis), and Shannon Boelter (Doug); and daughter of the late George and Virginia Winterstein.

Also, sister of the late Isabella Feger, Wesley Winterstein and Ralph Winterstein; survived by 10 grandchildren, Jason, Sara, Ryan, Tara, Degan, Caleb, Kellie, Shayne, Chelsea and Jacob; and 13 great-grandchildren.

A native of Biloxi, Mississippi, and a resident of Slidell for the past 50 years, she was a former member of Pearl Acres Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at Honaker Funeral Home, Slidell, on Monday, May 8, 2017. Interment in Forest Lawn Cemetery.




Nancy Smith websiteNancy Portman Smith, age 84, of Mandeville passed away on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.

She was the wife of the late David L. Smith, Jr.; mother of David L. Smith,III, Lee S. Barrilleaux (Alvin), and the late Belinda S. Mertz(John); and sister of Gloria P. Lawhorn of Winter Park, FL, and the late William T. Portman, III of Oviedo, FL.

Also survived by her grandchildren, David R. Smith (Kelly), Jamie L. Smith, Kaylin R. Smith, A.J. Barrilleaux (Corin), Aimee Barrilleaux (Zach) and Justin J. Wall; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Also survived by her daughter-in-law Jan Smith.

She was a native of Columbus, Ga. and a longtime resident of New Orleans, La.

Funeral Services were private. Donations to your favorite charity in her memory preferred in lieu of flowers.




Faye Welsh websiteFaye Glascock Welsh, age 92, passed away on May 7, 2017.

A native of Meridian, Ms., she was a long-time member of First Baptist Church of Slidell having taught Sunday School, led XYZ craft group and worked faithfully in the pantry ministry.

She was the daughter of the late Hermon T. Glascock and Ela Fae Crawford Glascock; wife of the late Otis Lenwood Welsh, Sr.; and  mother of Otis Lenwood “Lenny” Welsh Jr. (Martha) of Slidell and William “Billy” H. Welsh (Wendi) of Lafayette, LA.

Also, grandmother of Melissa Lynn Welsh and Kaya Faith Welsh of Slidell, LT W. Kyle Welsh, and Katie Elizabeth Welsh of Lafayette. Preceded in death by another granddaughter, Wendy Jade Welsh-Elbaz of Slidell.

Also, the sister of Nell Carpenter of Chattanooga, TN, and the late Talmadge Glascock of El Paso, TX and the late Lamar Glascock of Atlanta, GA.

Funeral Services were held at Honaker Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Rev. Jim Baham officiated. Donations to the First Baptist Church Pantry Ministry are preferred in lieu of flowers.



Joann Marie Bibbins Wilson websiteJoann Marie Bibbins “Jose Wells” Wilson, age 55, of Slidell died on Friday, May 5, 2017 in Slidell.

A native of New Orleans, homemaker who enjoyed playing softball, her nickname was Cutie Pie, she attended Macedonia Baptist Church and enjoyed going to the casino and playing bingo and ADV games.

  Survivors include 1 son Michael Wilson and grandchildren, Michaela, Mynika, MyKa, and Lanika, 2 daughters Micole Wilson grandchildren Michelle, Levorn,  Monae,  daughter Latrice  Wilson grandchildren Dashawn, Aletrice, Maurice, 1 sister Michele (Danny) Alexander, 2 brothers David Bibbins and Corey Bibbins, 9 nieces and nephew, 14 uncles and aunts, a host of relatives and friends, preceded in death by her parents Ollie and Patricia Bibbins, 1 brother Ollie Michael Bibbins, grandparents Gustave and Ruby Domino, uncle Gustave Domino (Jeff) 111.

Funeral service will be held Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 11 a.m. in Macedonia Baptist Church, Slidell.

Rev. Leonard E. Craft will officiate at the service, a native of New Orleans, LA.

 Visitation will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. in Macedonia Baptist Church under the direction of Baylous Funeral Home.



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