Mardi Gras krewe announces 2009 royal court

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Mystic Krewe of Alpheus recently announced the Royal Court for 2009.

Duchess Sheri Elyse Wilks Rabb is a resident of Vidalia, but she’s originally from Columbia, La. She has three children Laura Leigh Howington, 31, Cash Lee Rabb, 18 and Nolan Ryan Rabb, 18. She is the daughter of John and Myrtis Wilks. She is employed as a sales associate with First Natchez Radio Group. She is a graduate of Caldwell Parish High School and Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe as well as numerous marketing classes. Rabb is a member of First Baptist Church in Vidalia. She is a member of The Mystic Krewe of Alpheus, she is a board member and fundraising chair of United Way, Natchez Rotary Club member, Natchez Chamber of Commerce, served on the Vidalia Chamber of Commerce Board for six years including being the board president. She previously was a board member of the Natchez Downtown Development Association and currently serves on the promotions committee, and she’s a member of the Vidalia Women’s Club. Some of her favorite things to do include spending time with her kids, watching football, especially LSU and the New Orleans Saints, working, talking to people and socializing. Horseback riding, hunting, and fishing are great stress relievers that Rabb enjoys. On rainy days she prefers to cook a big pot of gumbo and watch movies or read a good book.

Duchess Cherie Eues is from New Orleans and currently lives there. She has two children Joshua, 26 and Jacob, 24. She is the stepdaughter of Robert and Phyllis Johnson. She is employed as the Marine Coordinator for Epic Divers and Marine. She attended school at the University of New Orleans. She is a member of Junior Achievements and a second grade volunteer teacher. She is a member of Voodoo Blues Krewe and serves as director at large. The organization’s goal is to preserve, promote, and support the blues. Eues enjoys traveling, listening to live music and watching LSU football.

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Duchess Amanda Kay Floyd is a lifelong resident of Natchez. She is married to Sam Floyd. Together they have three children Lillie Kay, 2, Beth, 17, and Clay, 21. She is the daughter of Kevin and Donna Smith and the late Sharon Kay Leachman. She is employed as the administrator at Glenburney Rehab and Healthcare for the past five years. She holds a bachelor of sceience degree in health administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. Amanda has volunteered with Relay for Life as well as a Memory Walk to benefit research for Alzheimer’s. She is a member of the Krewe of Alpheus for the past 10 years and she has served on the Krewe of Alpheus board as corresponding secretary and royalty vice president. Floyd loves to spend time with her family, going to Saints games, riding 4-wheelers, and of course riding in the Krewe of Alpheus night parade.

Duke Lance Christopher Counts is a lifelong resident of Mississippi. He is married to Lisa Anglin Counts and they have one daughter Elizabeth Lauren, 10. Chris is the son of Leroy and Alice Counts and Ike and Dale Barnes. He is employed as a federal law enforcement officer serving as a U.S. probation and pre-trial services officer. He has a bachelor of science degree in education, cum laude, and a masters of art degree in gerontology, summa cum laude, both from University of Louisiana in Monroe. He is of the Presbyterian faith. Chris has volunteered for Heart and Hand Inc., Salvation Army Angel Tree, United Way and the American Red Cross. He is a member of the Krewe of Alpheus, International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association, Federal Probation and Pre-Trial Officers Association, Southern States Correctional Association, Mississippi Gerontological Society, Gerontological Society of America, Sigma Phi Omega — a National Academic Honor and Professional Society in Gerontology and the Mississippi Fire and Ice Motorcycle Club. Chris enjoys traveling and exploring new places, weight training, power lifting competitions, riding motorcycles, scuba diving and any other items found on any adrenaline junkie’s list. In 2007, Chris consulted and participated in a national training video “Elder Abuse: What Community Corrections Should Know,” which was produced by the United States Department of Justice- Office for Victims of Crime. Chris is a Federal Law Enforcement Training Center certified firearm instructor for the Southern District of Misissippi, and he’s a former deputy for the Warren County Sheriff’s Office. He was voted Warren County Sheriff’s Office 2002 Sheriff of the Year. Over the past seven years, he has trained over 2,000 Mississippi Law Enforcement officers at several police academies throughout the state.

Duke Ricky Lynn Rowlin is a Vidalia resident and has been for 52 years. He has one child, Jessica Richardson. He is the son of Dorothy Rowlin and the late James Rowlin. Ricky is the owner of the Sandbar Restaurant and the Fishfry Restaurant in Vidalia. He is a graduate of Vidalia High School and Northeast Louisiana University. Ricky attends Lake St. John Baptist Church. He is a member of Vidalia Chamber of Commerce, Sportsman Marina, Highlow Hunting Club and Jackson Point. He is a member of Louisiana Restaurant Association and a member of the Krewe of Alpheus. Ricky enjoys spending time with his fiancée Tabitha Wroten and her son Christian. He also loves visiting with grandchildren Anslee and Rowlin Richardson. His hobbies include hunting and fishing. Ricky loves watching football, traveling and deep-sea fishing.

Duke Hunter Nicholson Ogden is a lifelong resident of Natchez. He is the son of Barbara and the late Robert Ogden. He works as a bartender at Andrew’s Tavern. Hunter was the quarterback for Co-Lin’s football team during 1998 and 1999. In 2000, he was a pitcher and first baseman for Co-Lin’s baseball team, during that time they went to the Junior College World Series. In 2001 to 2003, while earning his bachelor of science degree in sports administration from Belhaven College, he played first base for Belhaven’s baseball team. Hunter is a member of St. Mary Basilica. He is a member of the Krewe of Alpheus and the Santa Claus Committee. Hunter enjoys sports. Hunter is the lead singer of the band “If it’s War They Want” based in Hattiesburg. He enjoys music and hanging out with friends.

Duchess Erica Renee Long is a resident of Natchez. She is the daughter of Camille and Paul Kyzar. Erica is employed at McDonough’s Liquor store in Vidalia. She graduated from Natchez High in 1995 and attended Premier Pigments in Dallas, Texas for training in permanent cosmetics. Erica is a member of Parkway Baptist Church. She is a member of the Krewe of Alpheus. Erica has two sisters, Jade Long and Sitara Shirwani and a stepsister Shea Zizzi she also has one brother Ben Long. Erica enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as watching movies, shopping, riding four-wheelers, taking road trips, sewing, painting and doing makeovers. Erica is in the process of opening up her own clothing store. She would like to one day be a foster parent for a child that needs a good home. Erica says make-up is essential, fashion is her life, music is her therapy, friends are precious and individuality is everything.