Obituary: Peggy Joyce Peart Balentine

Peggy Joyce Peart Balentine Obituary

Peggy Joyce Peart Balentine

Benton, La – Funeral services celebrating the life of Peggy Joyce Peart Balentine will be held Thursday March 14, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Bossier. Visitation will be Wednesday March 13, 2019 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Officiating will be Chaplain Jimmy Sistrunk of Winners Circle Church and Pastor Destiny Deas of Northpoint Community Church. Interment will follow at Rose-Neath Cemetery.

Ms. Balentine passed away Friday March 8, 2019, in Bossier City, LA. She was born July 19, 1938, in Alexandria, LA, and was raised in Pineville, LA. Ms. Peggy was a resident of Bossier Parish for over 40 years. A childhood love of horses aspired her to achieve a successful career as one of the first licensed female racehorse trainers in the state of Louisiana as well as holding trainer licenses in Arkansas and Texas. Her talents for breeding and raising good horses didn’t stop at the racetrack, Ms. Peggy bred and raised numerous World Champion caliber barrel racing horses. An avid lover of agriculture and the outdoors Ms. Peggy always could be found outside raising livestock and tending to an always large and bountiful garden. One to never see anyone go without, she could always be found cooking and caring for those who needed a hand. Her famous gumbo, pecan pie and fruitcake will be greatly missed by all of those who had the privilege of eating at her table. As a 4-H livestock leader, Ms. Peggy helped youth from all over north Louisiana as well as her own grandchildren with livestock projects ranging from chickens, steers, lambs, goats and horses. She was a fixture each year at the State Fair of Louisiana helping teach kids life lessons through their livestock projects.

She was a loving mother of three children and is survived by daughter Pam Balentine McBeath and husband Carl, son Darrell Balentine and wife Tina, and daughter Rhonda Balentine. One of her most prized roles was “Granny” of 6 grandchildren Casey McBeath, Jessica Balentine, Hannah Balentine, Kendyl Balentine Tipton and husband Zach Tipton, Samuel “Sam” Balentine, and Darrell Balentine Jr., and one great-grandchild Ainsley Balentine, as well as numerous “adopted grandchildren”; sisters and brothers Clarice Pennington of Kolin, LA; Clarence L. “Sonny” Peart of LeCompte, LA; Wanda Faye Berry of Houston, TX; Beverly Peart Fox and husband Jerry Fox of Olathe, KS; and Greg Peart of Pineville, LA; and a host of nieces, nephews and extended family whom she loved.

She is preceded in death by her parents Clarence Alexander and Ruth Belgard Peart of Pineville, LA; sister Patsy Peart of Pineville, LA; sister Hattie Peart Savoie and brother-in-law Percy Savoie of Pineville, LA; and brother-in-law Rudy Berry of Houston, TX.

Honoring Ms. Peggy as pallbearers will be Bart Coleman, Casey McBeath, Clint DeLaune, Darrell Balentine Jr., Samuel “Sam” Balentine, Timmothy “Timmy” Peart Jr., Zach Tipton and Mike Leflett.

Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Mr. Ralph Balentine, C.L. “Puddin” Daniels, Clarence L. “Sonny” Peart, Greg Peart, Kerney Peart Jr, Carl McBeath, Darrell Balentine, Jerry Fox, Dr. Robert Hewlett, Mohamed Shamsie and members of the 4-H livestock community.

The family suggest in lieu of flowers memorials may be made to, Bossier Parish Riding Club, P.O. Box 203 Benton, LA 71006.

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Obituary: Ronald Perry Webb

Coushatta, LA – Funeral services for Ronald Perry Webb, 71, of Coushatta, LA will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home Chapel. Brother Wiley Cole will officiate. Interment will follow in Springville Cemetery, Coushatta. Visitation will be held from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. on Tuesday March 5, 2019 at the funeral home.

Ronald was born July 22, 1947 in Shreveport, LA, raised in Coushatta, LA and passed away at home on Saturday, March 2, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Annie Mae Brown Webb and one brother, Douglas Webb. He is survived by two brothers, Ralph Webb and wife Jan of Monroe, and Sandy Webb of Coushatta; three sisters, Judy Huckabay, Virginia Webb, and Elizabeth Perkins and husband John all of Coushatta; sister-in-law, Jana Webb of Coushatta; and numerous nieces and nephews.

After graduating from Coushatta High School, Ronald completed a degree in Agriculture at Louisiana State Universitybefore beginning work at the Farmers Home Administration. He worked at offices in Oak Grove, Oakdale, Natchitoches, and Coushatta, LA. After leaving the FHA, Ronald farmed and helped care for his parents. He attended Hanna Baptist Church in earlier times and was the Church song leader for several years.

Ronald was a horseman and member of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association, the Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association, the American Quarter Horse Association, and the Red River Street Rod Association. Ronald loved horses and was a successful breeder and owner of stakes winning horses. He said he was the only poor man to have two $100,000 race winners on the same day (Hot Zapper and Sea Vow in 2015). Ronald was well-known for picking up tickets for a lot of meals in the local eating establishments. His family and friends will miss him, his stories, and his sense of humor.

Pallbearers will be his nephews Ray Spruill, Jeffrey Webb, Layne Huckabay, Dustin Webb, Jim Perkins, John Ralph Webb, Cody Webb, Jay Perkins, Chase Burns, and Cole Hinds.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Shriner’s Hospital, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607; Springville Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 1023, Coushatta LA 71019; or the charity of your choice.

Published in Shreveport Times on Mar. 5, 2019

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Obituary: Martin Anthony Spindel DVM

Martin Anthony Spindel DVM Obituary

On Tuesday, February 19, 2019, Dr. Martin “Doc” Anthony Spindel passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 88. He was born September 13, 1930 to Edward Robert Spindel and Mildred Blanchard Spindel, and was a lifelong resident of New Orleans, Louisiana. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 55 years, Patricia McWilliams Spindel, and sibling Joyce Mary Ann Spindel. Survived by children Brian M. Spindel (Cathy), Allison S. Travers (Tom), Kimberly S. Perniciaro and Marcia S. Weilenman (Chris); Grandchildren Denise Matthews (Craig), Paul Romig (Lindsey), Michelle Stacey (Xavier), Robin Goodin (Roland), Quentin Sierra (Dara), Jordan Perniciaro (Olivia), Ryan Schneider (Chris), and Zack Weilenman; Great Grandchildren Fable, Jack, CJ, Carmen, Kalina, Jet, Jax, Oakley and Keaton. Doc Spindel received his BS in Microbiology from Louisiana State University, and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Oklahoma State University. He practiced Equine – large animal medicine in New Orleans until his retirement, including many years as track vet at the Fair Grounds and Jefferson Downs. After retiring Doc enjoyed volunteer open hearth cooking at area historic sites and plantation homes. The Spindel family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the community of River Ridge for their support and friendship, especially to the Harahan Senior Center and Mr. Po Boy! There will be a private graveside service with his children and grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, Doc wished for donations to the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine ( Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences (

Published in The Times-Picayune from Feb. 22 to Feb. 24, 2019

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Obituary: Terrence “Terry” Salvino

Horseman, Terrence Salvino  of Lyons, Illinois, passed away on January 4th 2019, at the age of 82, leaving to mourn family and friends.

He was loved and cherished by many people including : his late spouse, Marianne; his children, Duane, Michele, Keith (Laura); his grandchildren, Devene, Taylor, Dominic, Tatum, Alexis, Samantha; his great grandchild, Aniyah; his siblings, Jerome (late Pat), Laverne Cerfolio (late Robert), Roger (Pat), Joy, Cynthia, Gail Barone, Owen (Chris), Gregory (Brenda), Ralph, Neal, Noel.

Family and friends can send flowers and/or light a candle as a loving gesture for their loved one. Leave a sympathy message to the family in the guestbook on this memorial page of Terrence Salvino to show support.

Visitation on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. till time of services at 11:00 a.m. at Ivins/Moravecek Funeral Home 80 E. Burlington St. Riverside going to St. Hugh Church, Lyons Mass 12 Noon. Interment and Military Honors at Mt. Auburn Cemetery.

To send flowers or a remembrance gift to the family of Terrence “Terry” Salvino, please visit our Tribute Store.

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Ramona Pierce Obituary

Ramona Marie Pierce, 60, died Thursday, December 20, 2018, at 7:55 PM. Born, April 22, 1958 she was a native of Cut Off and resident of the St. Charles Community.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 from 9:00 AM until service time at St. Charles Borromeo Church.  Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:00 AM at the church. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Cut Off.

She is survived by her siblings, Joy P. (Russell) Menard, Royce Pierce, Jr. and James M. Pierce; godchild, Kaycee Pierce; niece and nephews, Trinity Pierce Melancon, James E. Pierce, Royce Pierce, III; great niece, Hadleigh Louise Melancon and other numerous family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Royce Pierce, Sr. and Annabelle Plaisance Pierce; and brothers, Enest Pierce and Dr. Clay Ellis Pierce.

She was a graduate of E D White Catholic School, upon graduation she moved to Farnsworth Thoroughbred Farms in Ocala, Florida to study and work. She then began working at Delta Downs Racetrack in Vinton, LA and then went onto to work at Nicholls State Experimental Farm under farm manager, her father, Royce Pierce, Sr. Upon retirement she became the owner of Belle Fourche Farms. With practical work experience throughout her years she became very knowledgeable in her skill and care of horses; if you owned a horse, you knew Ramona. She was best known for horses, raising Australian Shepherds and her latest, her miniature horse Charm.

Ordoyne Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Johnny Jones, Who Found Success With Thoroughbreds And Quarter Horses, Dies In Texas


John T.L. Jones Jr. (photo courtesy of Jones family)

John T.L. Jones Jr. passed away on Friday, November 16, 2018, surrounded by family at his home in Quanah, Texas.

Born in Quanah on July 7, 1934, the horseman most people knew as Johnny Jones was a prominent member of the Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred industries in many capacities, as a trainer, breeder, owner, and the head of Walmac International in Lexington, Ky., from 1976 to 2005, where he oversaw the stallion careers of major sires Nureyev, Alleged, and Miswaki.

When John Gaines dreamed up the concept of the Breeders’ Cup and presented his idea to industry leaders in the early 1980s, he credited Jones as the person who got everybody to work together after they’d hit a standstill. It was especially gratifying to Jones when Cajun Beat, a horse he co-bred with H. Smoot Fahlgren, won the 2003 Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Jones was also involved with Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Favorite Trick, the 1997 Horse of the Year whose breeding rights had been purchased by Walmac in August of his 2-year-old season.

Jones is the only person to breed a 2000 Guineas winner, King of Kings, co-bred with Ron Con Ltd.; and an All American Futurity winner, Ochoa, Quarter Horse racing’s all-time money leader who also won the Rainbow Derby and All American Derby.

Prominent among the other Thoroughbred horses Jones bred was top sire Unusual Heat. In the Quarter Horse world, he bred or co-bred champions Ochoa, Noconi, and Brenda Beautiful, all of whom he raced in partnership in his name or that of his J Bar 7 Ranch.

Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame member Jones was a founding partner of Four Star Sales and was formerly on the boards of both the Breeders’ Cup and the Keeneland Association. He also served on the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

Jones was predeceased by his first wife, Janice, in 2003 and married Brenda Kinsolving in 2007. He is survived by sons John III (Mia), Hutton (Paula), Levi (Paula), and daughter Julie Mogge (Guy); eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; stepchildren Jenna Decker (Jeff), Ashley Crow (Josh), and CJ Kinsolving (Kaitlin), and seven step-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Monday, Nov. 19, from 6-8 p.m. CT at Smith Funeral Home, 210 W Third Street, Quanah, TX 79252, with graveside service at Quanah Cemetery on Tuesday at noon.

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Judge Thomas A. Early, Jr. Passes Away After Brief Illness

Thomas A. Early, Jr. passed away on October 30, 2018, after a month-long battle with illness. Born in New Orleans, LA. on June 10, 1931, he was the youngest of eight children.

Thomas graduated from Jesuit High School in 1950 where he was elected Student Body President. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University in 1954 where he was elected President of the Student Body (President of the Yard). Following graduation, he served his country as a First Lieutenant in the 42nd Army Infantry Battalion and was stationed in Mainz, Germany from 1954-1956. After returning home, and while teaching English and coaching the Debate Team at Holy Cross High School, he obtained a Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola University School of Law. Thomas practiced law with the firm of Hooper, Schmidt, and Early. In 1962, he was elected as a Louisiana State Representative for the district encompassing the French Quarter, Treme, and Bayou St. John. In 1969, he was appointed by Governor John McKeithen to serve as a Judge on the bench at Civil District Court. Judge Thomas Early was then elected to the bench and served four terms. Throughout his life, he never lost an election.

Among Thomas’ passions were owning, breeding, and racing thoroughbred horses. He served on the LTBA Board of Directors from 1975-1980. He owned Triple E Farm in Covington. LA.

He was also an avid fan of all sports – especially baseball. He had a strong belief in and respect for learning and academics which he instilled and fostered in his children and grandchildren. His quick wit, sage advice, humor, and booming voice will be sorely missed by his family and all those he helped over the course of his life. He was a Champion for the Cause of all working people. Special thanks to Cathy Snee, Rosalind Carey, Tom Garic, and Dick Callais.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Betty Franek Early; his parents, Thomas A. Early, Sr. and Rose Parillo Early; and six siblings, J. Michael Early (Leah), Clare Early Rosenmeier (Wilfred), J.D. Early (Marguerite), Margaret Early Durel (Homer), Rosemary Early Ward (Kenneth), and Patricia Early Sipos. He is survived by his three children, Amy Early Korte (Rick), Sean P. Early (Janie), and Erin Early Belleau (Chris); his sister, Jacqueline Early Garic (Bob); and his grandchildren, Ryan and Quinlan Early (Leslie), Charles, Weston, Austin, Kaily, and Holly Belleau, and Kami Korte.

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Memorial Service for Trainer Dana Whited Set for Saturday, September 22

Harrah’s Louisiana Downs is saddened to confirm the passing of trainer Dana Whited. Her sister, Gina Nagy Wilson confirmed that Whited died on Friday, September 14 from heart failure.


The 52 year-old horsewoman was born in Dodge City, Kansas and has been a respected member of the Louisiana racing industry since 2012. According to Equibase statistics, Whited saddled 851 horses, with a record of  94 win; 107seconds and 102 thirds. She won 18 races this year on the Louisiana circuit.


A memorial service will be held in the Harrah’s Louisiana Downs winner’s circle this Saturday, September 22 at 7:00 pm. The public is invited to pay their respects.


“Dana was so much more than a trainer; she was a friend to everyone,” said Chaplain Jimmy Sistrunk. “This was a shock for our racing community as Dana looked out for so many people and served as a mentor to anyone she could help.  She will be greatly missed.”


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John Valene, Age 100, Passes


John Valene, age 100 of Deephaven, Minnesota passed away at home, surrounded by family, on Tuesday afternoon, August 21, 2018. He served in the US Army Air Force during WWII. John was a true entrepreneur and founded his first business in 1947 and was President and Owner of RPP, Inc.

He was an avid horseman breeding and owning many successful Louisiana-bred thoroughbreds with his son Murray under the banner of Valene Farms, a venture the pair started in 1962. In 2000 Valene Farms was the Louisiana TOBA Breeder of the year. Notable Louisiana-bred runners from the Valene Farms stables include Asta’s Foxy Lady, Doctor Mike, Ide Like A Double (Louisiana Bred Champion), Hisse, Autobeacat (Louisiana Bred Champion), Platinum Lady, and G2 Adirondack Stakes winner Designer Legs (Louisiana Bred Champion). Designer Legs brought Louisiana-breds to the national stage once again competing in the 2013 Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies Stakes.

Survivors include his children, Murray Valene (Geraldine) of New Orleans, LA, Valerie Valene (Michael Pukas) of Gypsum, CO, Scott Valene (Patrice) of Long Lake; 8 grandchildren, Kym Valene of New Orleans, Kari (Sean) Dart of Settle, Brandon Valene of Seattle, Courtney (Ari) Low of Wayzata; McKenna, Connor, Riley and Jack Valene, all of Long Lake; 5 great- grandchildren, Samantha and Jesse Dart, Ethan, Alexandra and Chase Low; nephew, Robert (Angilea) McNae of Orono. He was preceded in death by his wife Sally, his daughter Marjorie Valene Grossman, his brothers Jacob, Leo & Sam, & his sisters Rose, Helen & Mary. A special thank you to his care team: Missy, Diana, Alex and especially Barb Cummings-Ward. A gathering to honor John and celebrate his life will be held from 4:00PM – 7:00PM, Monday, August 27, 2018, at David Lee Funeral Home, 1220 Wayzata Blvd. E., Wayzata, 55391. David Lee Funeral Home Wayzata 952-473-5577

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Funeral Services for Former LQHBA President Paul Ryder Set Saturday

Funeral services for former LQHBA President Paul Ryder are set Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Pineville, Louisiana
© Courtesy Gallagher Funeral Home


PINEVILLE, LA—AUGUST 10, 2018—Funeral services are set Saturday for Louisiana horseman Paul Rudy Ryder, 85, who passed away Tuesday, August 7 at the at Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria, Louisiana.

Services for Mr. Ryder will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday (Aug 11) at First United Methodist Church in Pineville, Louisiana. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Ball, Louisiana, under the direction of Gallagher Funeral Home and Crematory.

Visitation for Mr. Ryder will be on today (Aug 10) at Store Front Church in Pineville, from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Mr. Paul Ryder was a loving father, grandfather, and brother. He was a graduate of Bolton High School and earned a degree in Animal Husbandry at LSU. After graduating from college he enlisted and proudly served his country in the United States Army.

Mr. Ryder was one of the founding members of the Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association, served as President of the LQHBA, and was employed there as the out of state mare inspector until his passing.

He was a very accomplished RCA Rodeo cowboy as a bareback rider, bull rider, and bulldogger. Mr. Ryder owned and operated Waddle Inn and Grill and Poor Paul’s Steakhouse for many years as well as worked with Western Tact Store at Dominic’s. He also owned the first salad bar in Rapides Parish and the second steakhouse in Louisiana to sell Dry Aged Prime Beef. He will forever be missed by those that loved and knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents A.L. Ryder and Ruby Paul Ryder and his brother Firal Ryder.

Mr. Ryder is survived by his sons, Brandon Kurt Ryder (Karla) of Alexandria, Bryan Kent Ryder (Leila) of Pineville and Stacey Blake Ryder (Rhonda) of Deville; daughter, Lisa Ryder Buckley (Thomas) of New Iberia; sister Jacquelyn Ryder Mertens of Pineville; 17 grandchildren; and 11 great – grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

Pallbearers honored to serve are Stacey Ryder, Brandon Ryder, Preston Ryder, Casey Ryder, Gilliam Guillot, and Scott Michiels. Honorary Pallbearers are Tony Patterson, Mike Hayes, Wayne Roberson, Lynn Richard, Donnie Mattheson, Don Kelley, Sonny Harris, Gerald McCrea, Rick Bouttee, Brad Michiels, and Robert Parker.

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