Georgette Marie Brooks

In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. (John 14:2) Georgette Marie Oncal Brooks, beloved mother and grandmother and seamstress extraordinaire, age 93, of Hammond, Louisiana (formerly of Covington, Louisiana), passed away on July 3, 2021. She was born in Port Allen, Louisiana on March 13, 1928. She was married to Freddie Mack Brooks on January 9, 1948. She was preceded in death by her husband of forty-two years and her parents, Honore’ and Agnes Sarradet Oncal. She is survived by one sister, Susan Oncal of Port Allen, Louisiana, and six children: Laurie Brooks Seneca (Johnny) of Addis, Louisiana; Danny Brooks (Myra) of Walker, Louisiana; Sally Brooks Seneca (Andy) of Addis, Louisiana; Amy Brooks Gates (Thomas) of Covington, Louisiana; Davy Brooks (Karen) of Hammond, Louisiana; and Jamey Brooks (Lynne) of San Angelo, Texas. She is survived by fifteen grandchildren and their spouses: Becky Seneca Purdom (Steve); Tammy Seneca; Eric Seneca (Jennifer); Chris Brooks (Julie); Jennifer Seneca; Jason Seneca; Timothy Gates; Joseph Gates; Jesse Brooks (Hannah); Laura Brooks Thomas (JT); Carey Brooks; Katie Brooks Rhodes (Ben); Emily Brooks Hill (Nic); Beth Brooks Mwano (Vinny); and Jeremy Brooks. She is survived by eleven great grandchildren: Gavin Purdom; Connor Seneca; Garrett Seneca; Landon Seneca; Bella Seneca; Audrey Thomas; Ellie Thomas; Judah Hill; Jubilee Hill, Tirzah Hill; and Ocean Mwano. A Celebration of Life Service was held at 3:00pm on Sunday, July 11, 2021 in the Auditorium of the Reimers Memorial Building (305 E. Charles St, Hammond, LA 70401). A Visitation  at 12:30 pm until the Funeral Mass at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church (402 South Kirkland Drive (River Road), Brusly, LA 70719). Burial  at  St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Cemetery. A special thank you to Davy Brooks and Karen Williams along with their entire family for their loving support during the last years of her life.

 

Ivars Darrow Valdry, retired business owner in both Los Angeles, CA and Ventress, LA, passed away at his home in Port Allen on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. Darrow was preceded in death by his parents, Leon Valdry, Sr, and Mary Jacob Valdry, and siblings, Lena Valdry, Veronica Valdry Kirby (Clarence), Usant N. Valdry, and Emma Taylor Valdry (Aubrey). Precious memories are left to his wife, Zenobia Valdry, his children Tamara Valdry and Ivars Valdry (Shon), grandchildren, Jaryn, Kendall, and Jeremiah Valdry, siblings, Leon E. Valdry, Jr. (Doris-deceased), Dr. Warren W. Valdry (Virginia), Felton G. Valdry (June), and Theresa Valdry Gunter, nieces, nephews, and a host of friends and other loved ones. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:00 a.m., on Thursday, July 8, 2021, at St. Augustine Catholic Church in New Roads, LA. A rosary was recited at 9:30 a.m. Burial at St. Augustine Cemetery, under the direction of A. Wesley’s Funeral Home staff. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association at https://www.diabetes.org/ or P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, VA 22116-7023 or to AMVETS National Service Foundation at https://amvetsnsf.org/ or 4647 Forbes Boulevard, Lanham, Maryland 20706. Professional services entrusted to A. Wesley Funeral Home.

 

Fred Lem Yarbrough Clark 

“Plenus annis abiit, plenus honoribus.” Fred Lem Yarbrough Clark died June 16, 2021 after a brief illness. A native of Coushatta, Louisiana, Fred was born in 1931. An avid learner he sped through school and graduated from nearby Northwestern State University in Natchitoches at the age eighteen. He had to put his career on hold to serve his country during the Korean Conflict. While stationed at Kaiserslautern, Germany his assignment included teaching fellow soldiers, most of them older and more senior in rank. After being honorably discharged, he married Nellie Janice Rambin, the prettiest girl in DeSoto Parish in 1951 and went on to earn a graduate degree in Education. Things went well for the young couple. Fred began his corporate career with Agriculture Chemicals of Dallas, Texas. He was assigned to their office in Llano, Texas. It was there the young couple welcomed their first child Rebecca. Promotions followed and Fred was soon transferred to their Ft. Stockton, Texas location and made general manager. Their two boys Joe and Neal were born shortly thereafter. Fred relocated his family to Baton Rouge, Louisiana in the early 1960’s having been hired by a finance company then known as American Republic/Fidelity National Corporation. He served as a Director and Treasurer. While there, he sat for and passed the Certified Public Accountant exam on his first attempt. In 1968 Fred began a long career in the sugar cane business. He served as Director and Treasurer of Cinclare Sugar Plantation in Brusly, Louisiana and then President and CEO of Sterling Sugars in Franklin, Louisiana. At Sterling, he directed significant expansions in the farming and milling operations, processing record cane tonnage on a near annual basis, while keeping order among a diverse and colorful board of directors. Following his retirement from Sterling Sugars, he was tapped by new Governor M.J. “Mike” Foster, Jr., and confirmed as Chairman of the Louisiana Parole Board, where he served with distinction for eight years. He returned to his Alma Mater as Executive in Residence for the College of Business. He was also made a faculty member (Associate Professor of Accounting) and when not teaching classes he was raising money. Northwestern honored Fred with induction into the “Long Purple Line”. Along the way, he served as a Director of Commercial Bank in Franklin, Louisiana, President of the American Sugar Cane League, and King Sucrose XLIX. Fred was an entrepreneur, with ownership in finance companies, fencing establishments and numerous rental properties. Fred was the second son of William Ernest Clark, Sr. a supervisor for a farming concern and Lummie Flanagan a homemaker. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother William E. Clark, Jr. and his wives Louise then Vivian. Fred’s wife of 68 years died in 2019. His children Rebecca Arivett (Jerry), Joseph Clark (Scootie), and Neal Clark (Carmen) all survive him as well as grandchildren, Joshua Arivett (Robin), Madeleine Aldridge (Ryan), Alexandra Clark, Richard Clark and Mary Catherine Anderson (Conrad) and great-grandchildren Adaleigh and Jack Arivett. Fred was a voracious reader and curious about all things related to the human condition. His passionate devotion to others was often masked behind a forbidding exterior and memorable poker countenance, punctuated only by his exceptionally dry wit. He favored straw hats and was almost never without a cigar. He gave 100% into everything he did, and respected everyone who gave life their best efforts. Through his lifelong hard work, he was able to provide for his family and countless others who deserved a chance the better themselves. Ever the number one fan of his children and grandchildren, he and Nell would drive hours after work to see them compete and participate in school activities. He fiercely believed in education and the inherent goodness of the human race, steadfastly refusing to give up on those who may have stumbled along life’s road. Those wishing to honor Fred’s memory may consider a donation to College of Business, Northwestern State University, 114 Russell Hall, Natchitoches, Louisiana 71497 or The Hospice House, Post Office Box 5806, Slidell, Louisiana 70469. Service for Fred Clark was Friday, July 9, 2021 at 11:00 am at the First Baptist Church 2000 Alonzo St., Coushatta, LA 71019. Condolences and tributes can be posted at www.serenitycovington.com.

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