Benevolent Funeral Home Inc
Benevolent Funeral Home Inc
1624 Milam Street
Shreveport, LA 71103
Phone: (318) 221-1627
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Mon, Jun 25, 2012
Raleigh Climon Owens was born Nov. 12, 1934, in Shreveport, La. His parents moved to Santa Monica two years later. He attended College of Idaho on a football and basketball scholarship, and while there talked his roommate, future Lakers great Elgin Baylor, out of playing football.
Even though he was selected in the 14th round of the 1956 NFL draft, Owens made an immediate splash. He was the 49ers' rookie of the year, with 27 catches for 395 yards and five touchdowns — big numbers in an era of running the football.
Owens played eight seasons in the NFL, his first five with the 49ers (1957-61), followed by two with the Baltimore Colts (1962-63) and one with the New York Giants (1964). He was the first NFL receiver to wear gloves, a holdover from those bitter-cold games in Idaho.
Owens had an effect on the game that extended beyond the field. Unhappy with a contract that paid him $10,500 for the 1960 season, he played out his option year in 1961 instead of signing a new deal with the 49ers. He then became a free agent, and the first to play out his option year then sign with another team, the Colts.
So jarring was that move that 49ers owner Vic Morabito never again spoke to Colts owner Carroll Rosenbloom. A year later, NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle devised the "Rozelle Rule," which required the signing team (in Owens' case, the Colts) to compensate the player's original team for the loss — usually in the form of money or draft picks.
No stranger to heartache, Owens was involved in a tragic car accident in June 1963 as he was driving to Colts training camp in Colorado. A tornado swept his car off the road, and his 3-year-old daughter, Pam, was killed. His 1-month-old son, Darren, sustained a fractured skull, which the family believed led to his death at age 7.
After his playing career, Owens worked in public relations for J.C. Penney Co. and later in a California office for the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. He returned to sports to work in marketing for the Oakland Stompers soccer team.
In 1979, Bill Walsh hired him to organize 49ers training camp, and Owens was reunited with the franchise that gave him his start. During more than two decades in the team's front office, he ran alumni relations ...
Mon, Jun 25, 2012
Jeff Sneider Variety
11:45 p.m. CDT, June 20, 2012
Ryan Phillippe, who starred in Paul Haggis' "Crash" and Clint Eastwood's "Flags of Our Fathers," is set to make his own directorial debut with "Shreveport," an indie thriller in which he'll also star.Phillippe will play a fading movie star who is suddenly kidnapped, held hostage and tortured while filming a low-budget film in the Louisiana city.
Helmer wrote the script with Joe Gossett, and he'll also produce with Holly Wiersma ("Bobby") and Mark Burg ("Saw"), the latter of whom is financing the project through his Twisted Pictures banner...
Mon, Jun 25, 2012
Pageant, with each of the 36 contestants hoping she has what it takes to bring home the crown at the end of the competition Saturday night at the W.L. “Jack” Howard Theatre in Monroe.
Miss Shreveport Carley McCord won the lifestyle and fitness in swimsuit competition, while Miss Greater Baton Rouge Megan Miller won the talent honors.Miller won the talent honors for her singing performance of the song “Angels.”
The Children’s Miracle Maker Award was also gi...
Mon, Jun 25, 2012
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — The Shreveport Airport Authority has recommended Bryant Francis for its director's job and Bill Cooksey as deputy director.
The Times reports (http://bit.ly/MsvJ2c ) Francis has been the deputy director of properties and business development at Boise Airport since 2008. Boise Airport managed more than 2.8 million passengers in 2011.
He previously served as aviation real est...
Mon, Jun 25, 2012
Earlier this year, Shreveport-based filmmaker and children's author Bill Joyce won the Academy Award for best animated short, for "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore," which he co-directed with Brandon Oldenburg. Today, fans got a peek at what's next for Joyce and his Shreveport-based Moonbot Studios.
Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy are featured on new character posters released to p...
Thu, Mar 22, 2012
Baton Rouge and possibly New Orleans this week.
He has made oil production a centerpiece of his campaign, pledging to return gas prices to $2.50 a gallon.
Mitt Romney will hold a fundraiser in Shreveport next week in the run-up to Louisiana’s Republican primary on March 24, said Roger Villere, chairman of the Louisiana GOP.
Following Mississippi’s and Alabama, voting yesterday, Louisiana is the next Southern state with red delegates to grab.
“Everybody needs every delegate they can get,” said Villere, who has been helping to coordinate the events. “This will be a good place for someone to break ahead or for someone to make a stand.”
The candidates’ descent into Louisiana surprised many residents, who are used to being overlooked during primary season.
“Most of the candidates I want to vote for don’t make it down here,” said Candy Bienvenu, 57, a retiree. “They need to come down and know what’s important to people here.”
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But candidates better be genuine, she said. Romney’s faux Southern drawl and professed love of grits at a rally in Mississippi won’t work in Louisiana, she said: “It better be genuine, because we could tell if it’s not. They just can’t come in here for a vote.”
Talk of the candidates coming to Louisiana spread quickly across the University of Louisiana-Lafayette campus. In her communications class, Jana Rousset, 22, discussed the tight Republican primaries race with other students and her teacher, she said.
“Louisiana is a smaller state; people tend to look it over,” said Rousset, who...
Sat, Feb 4, 2012
Scottish word for river or stream.
Gerard is survived by his wife of 54 years, Alison Daly Gerard, of Vernon; his children, Charles H.C. Gerard Jr., of Shreveport, La., Alison Gerard Potter and her husband, Alan, Daniel B. Gerard and his wife, Olivia, of New York, N.Y., Christopher C. Gerard and his wife, Laurie, of Summit, and Emily M. Gerard of Seattle; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at Meadowburn Farm, 41 Meadowburn Road.
A funeral Mass will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 307 Route 94 in Vernon, followed by interment in Warwick Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to St. Thomas Episcopal Church.
Sun, Jan 29, 2012
New Orleans and saw her dream through to the end. She met her husband, A.J. Tomlin, who was working at a Methodist bookstore.
She took a job at the Red Cross in New Orleans, then moved to Shreveport, where she worked with unwed mothers through an adoption agency. Her children -- Jerry, Sue, Laura and Dan -- were all born in Shreveport. When her marriage did not work out, she divorced her husband and came home to Georgia.
It wasn’t easy being a single mother with four children between the ages of 3 and 14. But she managed to keep it all together. Twice a week, she would drive them to their music lessons in Macon. At supper, she always made sure they had a green and a yellow vegetable on their plates. At night, she would crawl into bed with them and read them books.
She served as a social worker at Central State Hospital for 28 years. She was assigned to the forensics building to work with patients who were regarded as criminally insane. She also spent time with troubled youths and the chronically mentally ill. To help pay all the bills, she moonlighted as a secretary at a nearby vocational-technical school.
“She was the consummate social worker, both by profession and by nature,’’ said Beck. “She was always helping others.’’
Although Martha retired in 1990, she never sat still. She enrolled in classes at Georgia College in music, history and writing. Her daughter, Laura, remembers a college student once coming up to their table at The Brick restaurant on West Hancock Street.
“Miss Martha!” he shouted and gave her a hug. They had taken a class together. Yes, she was young at heart.
She taught piano and contributed to a book, “Milledgeville Tapestry,” that was published by the Learning in Retirement writer’s group to which she belonged. There was never an empty nest when her children left home. She took in college students, offering them room and board for next to nothing.
But that’s just the way she was -- smart, independent and kind.
It’s amazing how a lady who could barely see could help so many others find their way.
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Sun, Jan 15, 2012
Enloe Medical Center in Chico. He was 54.
Hoyt-Cole Chapel of the Flowers is handling the arrangements.
Published Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, in the Daily News, Red Bluff, Calif.
Rafael R. Zarate of Shreveport, La. died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, in Minden, La. He was 55.
Boone Funeral Home, in Bossier City, La. is handling the arrangements.
Published Friday, Jan. 13, 2012 in the Daily News, Red Bluff, Calif.Death notices must be provided by mortuaries to the ne...
Tue, Jan 10, 2012
Bossier City, died Monday; services at 11 a.m. today at Sunflower Baptist Church, Bossier City; burial in Hill Crest Memorial Park Cemetery, Haughton; arrangements by Heavenly Gates Funeral Home, Shreveport.
Woods, Norma Jean, 72, of Elm Grove, died Thursday; services at 2 p.m. Sunday at Rockett Funeral Home, Ringgold; burial in Springhill Cemetery, Ringgold,
Keiffer, LaVerne Lee, 70, of Shreveport, died Dec. 18; memorial servi...