August 28, 2004

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 3, 2004

John Thomas Borden Sr.

FOREST, La. John Thomas Borden Sr. died Friday, Aug. 27, 2004, at his home in Pioneer, La. He was 84.

Mr. Borden was preceded in death by his parents, Prentiss Charles Borden and Sarah Lucinda Borden; two brothers, Mackie Borden and Martin Borden; four sisters, Leona Rushing, Myrtle Rushing, Irene Nolan and Nellie Traweek.

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He is survived by his wife, Katie Ludell Borden of Pioneer; two sons, Larry Borden of Pioneer and John Thomas Borden Jr. of Lake Charles; a daughter, Nickie Pennington of Forest; a sister, Ella Mae Cook of Bastrop; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Cox Funeral Home in Oak Grove with the Revs. Buck Curry and Kenny Duchesne officiating. Burial will follow at the New Forest Cemetery in Forest.

Visitation will be tonight from 5 to 9 at the funeral home.

Kurt T. Ehrhardt Sr.

MARKSVILLE, La. Kurt T. Ehrhardt Sr. died Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004, at Health South Riverside Hospital in Alexandria, La. He was 44.

A resident of Marksville, La., Mr. Ehrhardt was a former Vicksburg resident. He had been a tender operator for the Corps of Engineers for 25 years.

His father, Robert F. Ehrhardt, preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife, Laverne DeSelle Ehrhardt of Marksville; a son, Kurt Ehrhardt Jr. of Marksville; a stepson, Justin St. Romain of Marksville; his mother, Peggy Ehrhardt Harwood of Vicksburg; three brothers, Karl Ehrhardt and Keith Ehrhardt, both of Vicksburg, and Burt Ehrhardt of Madison; and a grandchild.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Riles Funeral Home with the Rev. Oster Daniels officiating. Burial will follow at Green Acres Memorial Park.

Visitation will be from 3 until 10 tonight at Hixson Brothers Funeral Home in Marksville and from 2 until 5 p.m. Sunday at Riles Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to a favorite charity.

Sybil Mildred Strong

OAK GROVE Sybil Mildred Strong died Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe. She was 86.

Mrs. Strong was a resident of Oak Grove and was a member of Goodwill Church of God, where had she taught Sunday school for many years. She was a teacher’s aide and lunchroom worker at Goodwill School.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Alexander Strong; two sons, John R. Strong and James W. Strong; a daughter, Dorothy Hill; her parents, Emma and John Henry Morgan; four brothers, Stacy Morgan, Sid Hurley, Bob Morgan and Loyd Morgan; four sisters, Jewel Mitchell, Lucy Brewton, Gertie Luther and Gracie Glover; and three grandsons.

Survivors include six sons, Bruce Strong of Biloxi, Douglas “Coon” Strong, J.C. Strong, Richard Strong and Glen Strong, all of Oak Grove, and Mack Strong of Baskin, La.; two daughters, Shirley Abernathy of Oak Grove and Sherry Sansone of Kilgore, Texas; a brother, Murrell Morgan of Waco, Texas; 38 grandchildren; 55 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Goodwill Church of God in Goodwill, La., with the Revs. Jason Strong and Kenneth Strong officiating. Burial will follow at Red Wing Cemetery under the direction of Cox Funeral Home in Oak Grove.

Visitation will be Sunday until the service at the church.

Pallbearers will be Charles “Chuck” Strong, Scott Strong, Richie Strong, Larry Royce Abernathy, Carl Strong, Ryan Strong, Brandon Strong, Joseph Sansone and Mike Strong.

Honorary pallbearers will be Joey Strong, Dane Strong, Dale Strong, Ricky Strong, Randy Abernathy, Darrell Abernathy, Jimmy Strong and Jerry Strong.

Fannie Lee Witherspoon

Fannie Lee Witherspoon died Friday, Aug. 27, 2004, at her home. She was 96.

A resident of Vicksburg, Mrs. Witherspoon was a homemaker. She was a member of the mother board at St. Luke and Shady Grove M.B. churches.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Man Witherspoon; a son, Robert Miller; a daughter, Ruby Miller; her parents, Willie James and Francis Carter Lee; 10 brothers; and three sisters.

Survivors include a daughter, Eddie Lee Vaughn of Vicksburg; a granddaughter, Vera L. Reddick of Vicksburg; three great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and five great-great-great-grandchildren.

W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.