Krewe of alpheus announces royalty

Published 9:25 am Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Duke David Anthony Strong was born in Mt. Clemons Michigan but has lived in the Natchez and LaPlace, La., area for over 15 years. He has two children; Shelby Elisabeth, 16, and Ryan Anthony, 12. He is the son of Billy Joe and Carolyn Strong. Tony is employed at the Valero St. Charles Refinery as the process controller. He graduated from ACCS in 1979 and attended Hinds Junior College and Copiah-Lincoln Community College where he studied electrical and real estate programs and attended fire school at LSU. He has been a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church since 1964. Tony is a member of the Mystic Krewe of Alpheus. Other than spending time with his children, nieces, nephew and family, he also enjoys scuba diving, traveling and studying New Orleans architecture.

Duchess Deborah Case Owens is a Natchez resident and has been most of her life. She is married to Stan Owens and together they have three children; Stephen Zito, 25, Brittany Holzhauer, 18, and Meghan Zito, 16. She is the daughter of the late Carroll E. Case and Frankie Case. Debbie is employed with the City of Natchez as the municipal court clerk. She is a member of St. Mary Basilica. Debbie volunteers at Cathedral School and with the Adams County Chapter of the Red Cross. She is a member of the Women of the Moose, The Mystic Krewe of Alpheus, Krewe of Kilarney and Cathedral Athletic Association. Debbie enjoys spending time with friends and family.

Duke John Justin King has been a resident of Brandon for the past two years. His hometown is Jacksonville, Texas. He is married to Joanna Puddister of Natchez. He is the son of Anne and Jeff King. Justin is an associate at the Law Offices of John R. Reeves, P.C. He acquired his bachelor of business administration at the University of Texas and his jurist doctorate at Mississippi College of Law. He is a member of St. Peters Church in Jackson and he is a member of the Mystic Krewe of Alpheus. Justin volunteers at the Good Samaritan Center of Jackson. He enjoys listening to music, watching football (Hook ‘em Horns), walking, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

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Duchess Tuttie Noelle Melton is a resident of Natchez. She is a mother of two, Peyton, 11, and Nicholas, 7. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Pedro Cater of Natchez. Tuttie is employed as the bookkeeper /Secretary for Miss Lou Body Shop. She graduated from South Natchez High and then attended Copiah-Lincoln Community College. She is a member of Community Chapel of God. Tuttie’s community service activities include the March of Dimes Walk-a-thon, The Natchez Children’s Home Chili Cook Off in 2003, and service for three years as a board member for the Krewe of Alpheus. In her spare time she enjoys fishing, hunting and swimming. She also likes to do scrapbooking because it is creative and fun. Tuttie likes to spend time walking while her boys ride their bikes. This past ball season Tuttie enjoyed watching her boys play ball. This Mardi Gras season Tuttie is looking forward to having a great time with friends and partying.

Duchess Lisa Bunch is a three year resident of Vidalia. Her hometown is Hamilton, Ala. She has two children Kristen, 11, and Jordan, 8. She is the daughter of the late J.H. and the late Nettie Roberts. Lisa is currently employed as a Commercial Lines CSR with Stephens and Hobdy Insurance. She graduated high school in Hamilton and then attended Moore Career College in Meridian. Lisa is a member of First Baptist Church in Natchez. She is a member of the Mystic Krewe of Alpheus. Lisa’s hobbies include reading, watching sports, particularly baseball and football. She has recently taken up running and plans to run the half marathon at Disney World in 2009. Lisa’s favorite things to do are watching her son play baseball and tailgating at LSU with friends. She enjoys spending time with friends and family.

Duke Roger Mark Gillentine is a two-year resident of Hattiesburg. His hometown is Amory. He has also lived in Tupelo, Jackson and Natchez. Mark is married to Elizabeth Ann Gillentine. He has three children; Zac, 4, Savannah, 9, Emma Rose, 9 months old. Mark is employed as the Armor Branch Chief 4th Armor Battalion 154th Regimental Training Institute. The institute specializes in the training of 19K Armor crewman (tankers) and 19D (scouts) in all aspects of their job description, which include basic skills, basic non-commission officers course, advanced non-commission officers course, and advanced Calvary gunnery skills. Mark attended basic training in 1990 and since then has received training in OCS, Armor Officer Basic Course, Scout Leaders Course and Indirect Fireman. Mark also attended Itawamba Community College and Ole Miss. His community services include Adopt-a-School. Mark is a member of The Mystic Krewe of Alpheus and a member of the Order of St. George. His interests include watching the New Orleans Saints and Ole Miss football.

Duke Anthony J Kirsch Jr. “Tony” is a two-year resident of Natchez. He has four daughters; Toni, 21, Kristi, 20, Kimberly, 15, and Heidi, 7. He is the son of Jonell and Joey Nunez. Tony works as the manager of Miss Lou Body Shop. He attended school in Chalmette, La. Tony is a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Basilica. He participated in the most recent Natchez Children’s Home Chili Cook-off. His past volunteer work includes the Alpheus Golf Tournament. Tony is a member of the Mystic Krewe of Alpheus and the Krewe of Phoenix. Tony enjoys fishing, hunting and playing in his bass boat when he can. He likes to watch Nascar, especially number 8 and 20. Due to Hurricane Katrina Tony has made Natchez his home now, he is an evacuee from St. Bernard Parish which is close to New Orleans. He has found Natchezians to be friendly and most of all they really like to party.

Duchess Debra Snyder McDonough is a Natchez resident. She is the daughter of USAF Master Sgt. Joe Snyder and his wife, Lenell. Debra has been married to Patrick McDonough for 22 years. They have two sons, Patrick, a freshman playing baseball at Mississippi Delta Community College, and Joseph, a senior at Cathedral High School. Debra is currently the chairperson and assistant professor in the bachelor od science nursing program at Alcorn State University. She also works at Hurst Review Services helping nursing students pass licensing exams. Debra is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a bachelor of science degree in nursing. She received her master’s degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She has previously worked as a critical care nurse, nurse manager and nursing supervisor. Debbie is a volunteer nurse with the American Red Cross. She is a member of USM Alumni Association, Ole Miss Alumni Association, American Nurses Association, Mississippi Nurses Association, where she serves as the District 1 Mississippi Nurses Association president. She is involved in the Pilgrimage Garden Club, Krewe of Phoenix, Mystic Krewe of Alpheus, Krewe of Kilarney, Cathedral Athletic Association and is a member of St. Mary Basilica. Her hobbies include reading, sewing and crocheting. She also enjoys watching her children participate in athletics.