Obituaries for Sept. 19, 1999

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 18, 1999

Louis Erwin

Oct. 22, 1917 – Sept. 18, 1999

LONGVIEW, Texas – Services for Louis Erwin, 81, of Natchez, who died Saturday, Sept. 18, 1999, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Leroy Rader Funeral Home in Longview, Texas, with the Rev. Sam Underwood officiating.

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Burial will be at Grace Hill Cemetery in Longview, Texas, under the direction of the funeral home. Local arranagements are being made by Laird Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time Monday at Leroy Rader Funeral Home.

Mr. Erwin was born Oct. 22, 1917, in Allen, to Felix Clyde and Beatrice Cupit Erwin.

In 1982, he retired after owning and operating Southern Furniture in Natchez for 35 years. He was a member of Parkway Baptist Church. He was a member of the Lions Club of Natchez, a commander of the American Legion and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Richard Dean Erwin; two grandchildren, Mary Beth Erwin and Daniel Evan Erwin; and one brother, F.C. Erwin Jr.

Survivors include his wife, Maribell Evans Erwin; four sons and their wives, R.L. &uot;Bob&uot; and Mill Erwin of Houston, Texas, S.C., &uot;Steve&uot; and Karen Erwin of Shreveport, La., C.H. &uot;Charles&uot; and Ruth Erwin of Huntsville, Ala., and D.C. &uot;Dan&uot; and Lisa Erwin of Opelousas, La.; four grandchildren, Dana Erwin, Ryan Erwin, Julia Erwin and Whitney Erwin; three stepgrandchildren, Alex Elsik, Jay Zaffater and Laurin Zaffater; one brother and his wife, W.C. and Belle Erwin of Waco, Texas; and one sister, Mamie Lee Lane of Dallas.

Beatrice Cupit

Feb. 14, 1913 – Sept. 18, 1999

CHASE, La. – Graveside services for Beatrice Cupit, 86, of Wisner, who died Saturday, Sept. 18, 1999, in Wisner, will be held at 2 p.m. today in Chase Cemetery in Chase, with the Rev. Carl Evans officiating.

Comer Funeral Home of Ferriday is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mrs. Cupit was born Feb. 14, 1913, in Little Rock. She was formerly of Chase, La., and was a member of Chase Baptist Church. She worked as a food service supervisor.

Survivors include two sons, Alan A. &uot;Bud&uot; Cupit of Ferriday and Donald Andrew &uot;Sonny&uot; Cupit of Baton Rouge, La.; one daughter, Mary Lou Cupit of Baton Rouge; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Pallbearers will be Larry Hinson, Sharon Hinson, Daryle Price, Jo Ann Burley, J.D. Southern and Dee Johnson Jr.

William Louis Leonard

April 17, 1913 – Sept. 17, 1999

MEADVILLE – Services for William Louis Leonard, 86, of Meadville, who died Friday, Sept. 17, 1999, at Meadville Nursing Home, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the chapel of Franklin Funeral Home.

Burial will be at Midway Cemetery under the direction of the funeral home.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mr. Leonard was born April 17, 1913, in Franklin County to James Gus and Mattie Allred Leonard.

He was retired from International Paper and was a member of Meadville Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Aleain Norris Leonard; two brothers; and seven sisters.

Survivors include two daughters, Patsy Davis of Meadville and Itasca Smith of Lancaster, Texas; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one brother, Burnell Leonard of Jackson.

Amos J. Franklin

July 11, 1914 – Sept. 18, 1999

JONESVILLE, La. – Services for Amos J. Franklin, 85, of Jonesville, who died Saturday, Sept. 18, 1999, in Jonesville, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Oak Grove Free Methodist Church with the Revs. R.V. Jolly, Wade Robinson, Brian Taylor and David McGuffee officiating.

Burial will be at Heard Cemetery under the direction of Young’s Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. today until service time Monday at the church.

Mr. Franklin was born July 11, 1914, in Olla. He was a retired mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service and a member of Oak Grove Free Methodist Church. He served in World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Cockerham; five daughters, Margie Toney of Natchez, Mildred Lippman and Carolyn Butts, both of Jonesville, Shirley Goodwin of Sicily Island, and Barbara Reynolds of Alexandria; 15 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.

Leonard Charles Hunt

July 24, 1952 – Sept. 15, 1999

VIDALIA, La. – Services for Leonard &uot;LC&uot; Charles Hunt, 47, of Natchez, who died Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1999, at Natchez Regional Medical Center, will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Bethel Full Gospel Church with Pastor Troy Thomas Sr. officiating.

Burial will be at Pine Hill Memorial Park under the direction of George F. West Funeral Home.

The procession will leave the funeral home at 3 p.m. today.

Mr. Hunt was born July 24, 1952, in Adams County, the son of L.C. Hunt Sr. and Ammie Hunt. He was a truck driver for Edgin Construction and his religious affiliation was Baptist.

Mr. Hunt was preceded in death by his father and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Earnest Hunt Sr. and Mr. and Mrs. Dorsey Starks.

Survivors include his wife, Irma Lee Hunt of Natchez; mother, Ammie Hunt; one sister, Ida Marie Hunt; three brothers and their wives, Charles and Zeola Hunt, Larry and Alice Hunt and Arthur Lee Hunt, all of Natchez; two daughters, Cheryl Diane Hunt of Natchez and Cynthia Denise Hunt of Hattiesburg; two stepdaughters, Christine Logan of Natchez and Rosemary Bridgewater of Pascagoula; one stepson, Hobie Rhines of Atlanta; three aunts, Lunia Green of Roxie, Florence Butler of Cannonsburg and Eula Dottery of Riverside, Calif.; two special aunts, Joney &uot;Dorsey Mae&uot; Morris and Nola Mae Bernard, both of Cannonsburg; two great-aunts, Helen Hoggatt and Beatrice Hunt of Natchez; one uncle, McArthur Hunt of Riverside; one great-uncle, Marvin Hunt of Natchez; two sisters-in-law, Earnestine Williams of Natchez and Julene Northern of New Jersey; one brother-in-law, Sam Earl Jr. of Natchez; his father-in-law, Sam Earl Sr. of Natchez; two step-grandchildren, Krystal and Irma Logan of Natchez; and a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers will be Willie Thomas Sr., Willie Thomas Jr., Robert Myles, Leo Hunt, Anthony Lawerence and Larry Hunt Jr.