Saturday, Jan 19 2008 

Lucille Roque Rawlins, 87, died December 30, 2007. See Spring newsletter for complete details.

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Saturday, Jan 19 2008 

Earl Metoyer, 85, died January 9, 2008 at Natchitoches Reginal Medical Center. He was a lifelong member of the Cane River Creole community.

Sunday, Dec 16 2007 

Ethelyne Rachal Llorens, 97, of Cane River died Saturday, December 15, 2007 in Natchitoches. Ms. Ethylene was the daughter of Addie Balthazar and Russell “Ross” Rachal. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11:00 AM at St. Augustine Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home, Natchitoches.

Friday, Dec 7 2007 

Lena Mae Terrell Jones, 92, died December 2, 2007. Viewing was on Dec 4, 2007, arrangements by Ben Johnson Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was celebrated on Wednesday December 5, 2007 at St. Augustine Catholic Church following a rosary. Burial was in the church cemetery. She was born on Feb 17, 1915 to the late Gloucester “Pete” and Sarah Metoyer Terrell.

Friday, Dec 7 2007 

Semerian “Toot” Rachal Delphin, 94, died December 4, 2007. Born on Nov. 22, 1913, she was the daughter of Marie Louisiana Severin and Willie Rachal, Sr. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday December 10, 2007 at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Isle Brevelle following the rosary. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friday, Nov 30 2007 

Willie LaCour Born in Melrose, Louisiana on 09/11/1911 Departed on 11/20/2007 and resided in Albuquerque, NM LACOUR – Willie LaCour, 96, of Albuquerque, went home on Tuesday, November 20, 2007. He was born September 11, 1911 in Melrose, LA to the late Elois and Eugenie LaCour. He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Mary Magdalene “Mag” in 1995. He retired from Greyhound Lines where he was a diesel mechanic after 30 years of service. Willie was a Eucharistic minister and was devoted to meeting the needs of everyone within the church. In addition to his parents, Willie was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Billy, Manuel, and Emile; and 1 sister, Ellen; 2 grandchildren, Tommy and Louise. Survivors include, 3 daughters, Nola Monette, Virginia Dubriel and her husband Wesley, and Marie Gallion and her husband Alphonse all of Albuquerque; 2 sons, Willie A. LaCour and his wife Maria Elena of Albuquerque and Louis A.S. LaCour of Edgewood; 22 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Marie Metoyer and her husband Anthony, of Albuquerque; and scores of other relatives and friends. A Rosary service will be held at 7:00 pm Sunday, November 25, 2007 at San Jose Catholic Church, 2401 Broadway SE. Funeral Mass will be 9:00 am Monday, also at San Jose Catholic Church with Monsignor Richard Olona as celebrant and assisted by Deacon Frank Perez. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. The family will receive friends for viewing and visitation at the church from 6:00 pm until time of the Rosary service. Willie’s family would like to extend special thanks to Daphne Dubriel and Nicole Chavez for their assistance. Page 1 of 1 French Mortuary – Albuquerque, New Mexico 11/27/2007

Friday, Nov 23 2007 

Emmitt J. Metoyer, Jr.

Services for Emmitt J. Metoyer, Jr. will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 24, 2007 at Saint Juliana Catholic Church, 900 Daspit Street, with Rev’s Remigius Owuamanam and Bruce Miller officiating. Burial will be in St. Augustine Church Cemetery, Isle Brevelle, under the direction of Good Shepherd Funeral Home.
Mr. Metoyer, age 61, of Alexandria, died Tuesday, November 20, 2007 at his residence.

He was a native of Alexandria. He served in the United States Army and was a faithful member of St. James Catholic Church. He was a barber by trade for forty two years and Proprietor of House of Styles Barber Shop.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Emmitt Metoyer, Sr. and Mary Daniel Metoyer.

Survivors include his wife, Lillian Metoyer of Alexandria; daughters, Heather Metoyer of Baton Rouge, Hope Cayer of Alexandria; sons, Michael Troy Metoyer of Yukon, Oklahoma, Emmit “Trey” Metoyer of Austin, Texas; brother, Silton Metoyer, Sr. of Alexandria; sisters, Betty Ann Lacour and Mary Lucille Lacour, both of Natchitoches.

Friends may call Saturday, November 24, 2007 from 8 a.m. until time of service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Chistus St. Fances Hospital Cancer Center in care of Dr. Ule Ulla.

Thursday, Nov 22 2007 

JESSE L. JUDE BALTHAZAR, a lifelong resident of Houston passed away Saturday, November 17, 2007. Born November 8, 1950 to J. Jesse and Vernice Frilot Balthazar, Jesse attended Wheatley High School, Prairie View A&M Univ., and Texas Southern University. He was certified in many areas: Vocational Trades and Industry, Air Conditioning Technology, Drivers Education, Auto Mechanics, Professional Truck Driver, and Computer Technology. He was employed many years with the Houston Independent School District. His sister, Irma Balthazar Bonham, precedes him in death. Jesse was a devoted husband, father, and friend. He leaves to cherish many memories his wife of 2l years, Debra Blanton Balthazar, one daughter, Kimberly Joy; one son Jesse J. Carter; parents, J. Jesse and Vernice Balthazar, and one brother, Sidney Balthazar. The wake and Rosary will be held at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church, 4000 Sumpter Street, on Friday, November 23rd from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. with the Funeral Mass beginning at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Paradise North.

Friday, Nov 16 2007 

Dr. Joseph Sarpy. Jr.

SHREVEPORT, LA – A requiem mass will be celebrated on Saturday, November 17, 2007 at 12 Noon at St. John Berchmans Cathedral, 939 Jordan St, Shreveport. Louisiana. Officiating will be Father Andre McGrath. Pastor of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church where Dr. Sarpy was a member for 45 years. The Mass will be concelebrated by Monsignor Earl V. Provenza, V.F., administrator of the Catholic Diocese of Shreveport, Father Rothell Price, Father Thomas John, C.M.I., Father Harold Imarnshah, and Deacon Harold Dean.

A family hour will be held at The Cathedral of St. John Berchmans on Friday. November 16. 2007 from 7 P.M. to 9 P.M., A rosary will be recited.

Dr. Sarpy was born in Derry, Louisiana on December 13, 1921, the eldest son of Julia Balthazar Sarpy and Joseph Sarpy, Sr, He was reared in Alexandria, Louisiana and graduated from St. James Parochial Elementary and High School. After graduation from high school he joined the United States Army where he served during WWII as a 1st Lt.

Dr. Sarpy’s educational preparation includes the completion of his Bachelors of Science Degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In 1955, the Doctor of Medicine Degree from Meharry College in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1960 he completed an internship at Homer G. Phillip Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Sarpy’s hospital affiliations include the following: St. Mary’s and John Sealy Hospitals. Galveston. Texas and Doctors Hospital, Physician and Surgeons Hospital, Christus Schumpert Hospital, and Willis Knighton Hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was President & CEO of Sarpy Medical Clinic for forty-five years.

“Doc,” as he was affectionately called by many, was truly a man for all seasons. He was a gregarious, witty, fun loving, high spirited man who never met a stranger. He loved God, his family, and friends with his whole heart and soul, and would often express it to them. He had a quest for knowledge, loved to read and was multi-talented, The practice of medicine was his first love after his family. However he also loved his fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi, the game of golf and all of his golf buddies with a passion. He gave golf clubs to those he met who expressed an interest in learning the game, particularly young people. Joe loved Christmas and decorating for the season to make others joyous and happy, particularly the children. He quietly made a difference in the lives of many and will be greatly missed.

He was active In the civil rights movement having served on the United Democratic Campaign Committee, the NAACP and a founding member of Blacks United for Lasting Leadership (B.U.L.L.), the organization that filed suit for the change of City government to afford African American participation. He also served on the Ark-La-Tex Communications Committee which afforded opportunities for African-Americans in the broadcast industry. He was a supporter to all the leaders during the movement. He was the recipient of the prestigjous NAACP Ann Brewster award for civil rights.

He was very active in his profession and community having been involved in many organizations, activities and programs for the betterment of citizens of this area. Some of the professional organizatIons included The American Medical Association, Louisiana State Medical Society, National Medical Association, Louisiana Medical Association and the Northwest Louisiana Medical Association. He served as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Louiaiana State University Health Science Center, Shreveport, Louisiana from 1971 to 1990. He also served as a member of the Committee of Admissions for the medical center from 1973 until 1975. From 1980 until 1985 he served as the Medical Director for the United States Job Corps, Shreveport. His religious, civic and social afflications included: Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, Past President Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., founding member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Ebony Golfer’s Association, Southern University Alumni President’s Club and The Virginia Shehee Biomedical Research Foundation.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Sarpy Sr, his bother John Otis Sarpy Sr.. his first wife of five years, Eloise Jones Sarpy and his in-laws Mr. & Mrs. Dewey Aristotle Presott.

He Ieaves to mourn his wife of 45 years, Maxine Elizabeth Prescott Sarpy; a daughter Julie Marie Sarpy (Jim Clark, Fiance) of Raleigh, North Carolina; a son, Danny LaCour (Laney) of Cloutierville, Louisiana; two granddaughters Marsha Clemons (Kevin) of Houston, Texas and Monique LaCour of Natchitoches, Louisiana; three great-grandchiidren. Monet, James and Caleb in addition to a host of nieces, nephews. cousins, god-children and dear friends.

Special thanks to; Dr. Joyce Feagin and all of the nursing and medical staff at Willis Knighton Cancer Center and hospital, and to Dr. Sarpy’s primary care physician, Dr. Byron Jackson, Dr. Larry Daniels and Sarpy Medical Center’s dedicated staff.

Memorial donations can be made to Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Academy or St. Vincent DePaul Society @ 1558 Buena Vista, Shreveport, LA 71101, (318) 222-3190. J.S. Williams Funeral Home, Shreveport, LA (318) 222-6169 Published in the Shreveport Times on 11/16/2007.

Monday, Oct 22 2007 

Hi everyone, I will be compiling a book of photographs, I am therefore requesting a copy of a photo of your ancestor/family member born in 1930 or earlier along with a story or genealogical info about him/her. Thank you.

Limited editions of St. Augustine Cemetery Listings are now available.

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