Horticulturists and Industry Friends Who Have Passed..

In Memorium - Cleveland Boudreaux

Cleveland passed away peacefully in the presence of family at 4:50 am on June 14, 2017. He was born and raised in Baton Rouge, LA, graduated from Catholic High, enlisted in the U.S. Air Force to serve his country, and ultimately obtained a degree in Horticulture from L.S.U. Cleveland married Diane L. Mack in Baton Rouge and raised three boys, to whom he was a loving and committed father. He founded The Plant Farm in Folsom, LA and spent his life growing beautiful plants and, later, herbs. Cleve is survived by his sons Jason, Christopher, and Michael; and grandchildren Elizabeth, Zachary, Brooke and Caroline.

In Memorium - Robert J. Dupont, Sr.

Robert J. Dupont Sr. passed peacefully from this life on Friday, May 19, surrounded by family and friends. Born to Jack Dupont and Eudora LeBlanc Dupont in Plaquemine, La. on October 1, 1928, Mr. Dupont was a life-long flower and plant enthusiast with an international reputation among hibiscus growers and hybridizers, establishing the trademark “Cajun Hibiscus.”

Preceded in death by siblings Donald Dupont, Louis C. Dupont, Lea Dupont Loubiere, Jeanie Dupont, and a son Malcolm Edward Dupont. Survived by his wife of sixty-four years Dorothy Evelyn Lefebvre, and a sister Ida Helen (Tootie) Guidry, wife of George Guidry, and by his loyal family friend and housekeeper of sixty-three years, Liddie Dickerson. His four sons: Robert Dupont, Jr., Daniel L. Dupont, Richard C. Dupont, Michael J. Dupont are all residents of Plaquemine. Twelve grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren enriched his life.

As an army veteran serving in post-WWII Germany, he made fast friends with German locals. Over the years, he and his wife Dorothy (Bootsie) returned several times to Germany to rekindle friendships. These memories were among his fondest.

From 1953 to 1991, he owned and operated Dupont Florist, and beginning in 1985 he co-owned with two of his sons, the Dupont Wholesale Nursery, Inc. He served on the Board of Louisiana Wholesale Florist, Inc. for thirty-two years; and for many years was an elected member of the Iberville Parish School Board.

Pallbearers are: Robert J. Dupont, III, Jeffrey Thomas Dupont, Daniel Leigh Dupont, Michael Paul Dupont, Rhyan Paul LeBlanc and Dallas Shearer. Honorary pallbearers: Doug Wax and Merlin Leger.

Services will be held by Rev. Robert Gerlich, S.J., a close personal friend and collaborator in all things hibiscus, at St. John the Evangelist Church in Plaquemine, La. on Monday, May 22, 2017. Visitation at the church from 10am to 12pm, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment at Grace Memorial Cemetery.


In Memorium - June Diane Walker

Opelousas -A Funeral Service will be held for June Delambre Walker, age 68 on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Sibille Funeral Home Chapel at 1:00 p.m. Deacon Sammy Diesi will conduct the service. Interment will follow in the Chenal Cemetery in Jarreau, LA.

June was a resident of Sunet, she passed away on May 14, 2017 at Lafayette General Hospital. June was owner and operator of Sunset Herbs Garden for 22 years in Sunset.

Survivors include her daughter, Cassie Walker and her husband, Kevin Small of Los Angelus, Cal., Darcy Walker of Houston, TX., her mother, Mary Delambre of Sunset, sister, Blanche Delambre Cano and her husband, Adolfo of Baton Rouge, sister-in-law, Alice Delambre of Frank Fort, KY, 1 granddaughter, Summer Small, brother-in-law, James M. Walker and his wife, Janis Updicke Walker of Tulsa, Ok., and Joe S. Walker and his wife, Rebecca of Lewisville, Texas, Nephews, Chris Cano, David Cano, Frank Cano, Brian Delambre and Jason Delambre.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry O'Neal Walker, her father, Jules John Delambre, Jr. brother, Jules William Delambre, sister, Mary Cherie Delambre.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. and the Funeral Home. Donations can be made to St. Jude Children Hospital 262 Danny Thomas PI, Memphis, TN 38105.


In Memorium - Clyde Holloway

Clyde Holloway of Forest Hill, a fixture in Louisiana politics for more than 20 years, died at his home Sunday night, October 16, at the age of 72.

Holloway, a former Congressman and chair of the Louisiana Public Service Commission, first entered public life by leading opposition to a 1980 federal busing order on the grounds that it would close Forest Hill Elementary School. He made news late in his political career as perhaps the most vocal critic of the sale of Cleco Corp., which the PSC eventually approved over his objections.

"A true public servant, Clyde spent his life advocating on behalf of the state and people he loved," Gov. Jon Bel Edwards said in a statement. "From the time that he began his career in his beloved hometown of Forest Hill, to representing Louisiana’s 8th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, and then ultimately serving as chairman of the Louisiana Public Service Commission, he always remained accessible and a powerful voice for his constituents."

A staunch fiscal and social conservative, Holloway was part of Louisiana's shift to a red state when he was elected to Congress from a traditionally Democratic district in 1986. He won re-election to the House in 1988 and 1990. Holloway was elected to the Public Service Commission in a 2009 special election and won re-election unopposed the next year. He opted not to seek re-election this year due to health reasons. "I became a Republican because of Barry Goldwater, and Ronald Reagan inspired me to run for Congress," he often said. "Without men like Clyde Holloway, the groundwork for a Republican majority in Louisiana would have never been laid," tweeted conservative blogger Scott McKay.

Holloway, who owned and operated Holloway's Nursery in Forest Hill since the 1960s, entered Louisiana politics in 1980, when he unsuccessfully ran to unseat U.S. Rep. Gillis Long in the state's 8th Congressional District. He ran unsuccessfully again in a 1985 special election after Long died before winning the seat in an upset in 1986.

He was re-elected twice before the 8th District was eliminated following the 1990 Census. Forest Hill was redrawn into the 6th District, where Holloway faced fellow U.S. Rep. Richard Baker. Holloway lost by about 2,700 votes when Baker took clear majorities in the two largest parishes, Livingston and East Baton Rouge, both of them around his home base of Baton Rouge. He would run unsuccessfully for Congress five more times, the last time in 2014. Holloway served as the Louisiana State Director of Rural Development for the U. S. Department of Agriculture under President George W. Bush before finding his niche on the Public Service Commission, which is responsible for regulating utilities.

He was elected in a special election in 2009 and re-elected in 2010. He joked that the 2010 election, his 13th bid for public office, was "lucky No. 13" because he ran unopposed. On the PSC, Holloway was best known for opposing Pineville-based Cleco Corp.'s sale to an investment group. When the PSC approved the sale, Holloway was the lone dissenting vote. "I am proud of my ‘no’ vote and will continue to work hard for those folks who can’t walk away," he said at the time. "Commissioner Holloway was a dedicated public servant," said Casey DeMoss, CEO of the Alliance for Affordable Energy, an environmental and consumer advocacy group that opposed the Cleco sale. "He was a true professional and worked hard on behalf of the people of Louisiana, especially his constituents. He remained accessible to those he served and did his best by them. His voice and spirit will be missed. I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked with him. His service was inspiring."

While the Cleco sale was the biggest newsmaker during Holloway's tenure on the PSC, his chief of staff, Karen Haymon, remembers her boss best for a behind the scenes moment, when a lobbyist told Holloway his stance on issue was not politically advantageous. "He said, 'You know what, I'm going to do what's right for my district and this state. And if that's not politically popular, then (Haymon, a former school teacher) will go back to the classroom and I'll go back to the nursery,'" Haymon said. "That's how he governed. The more I've been around politics, the more I realize it's very rare for political leaders to make decisions like that." Foster Campbell and Eric Skrmetta, Holloway's colleagues on the commission, tweeted messages of condolences. "He was a passionate fighter for his constituents," said Reldon Owens, who is running for Holloway's vacated seat on the PSC. "His common-sense approach to problem solving and down-home demeanor proved to be effective tools in governing at all levels. He is owed a great debt of gratitude by the people of Louisiana and those he served throughout our country. He was a one-of-a-kind leader and he will be sorely missed."

Holloway is survived by his wife of 50 years, Cathie, four children, nine grandchildren and six siblings.


In Memorium - George Edward Black

George Edward Black, a native of Clarksdale, MS and a resident of Baton Rouge, passed away on August 23, 2016 at the age of 76. After a long courageous battle with pulmonary fibrosis, George went to be with God. George was a true southern gentleman who was loved by his family and adored by all who knew him. He was a graduate of Ole Miss and Mississippi State. While matriculating to Ole Miss, he was a loyal member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. As an alumnus, he served as president of the House Committee.

George had a passion for watching things grow, and dedicated his life to farming and then landscaping. His family was the center of his life, and he loved sharing dinners, beach time, and sporting events with them.

He is survived by his wife, Dianne Hebert Black of Baton Rouge, LA; daughter, Sarah Farr Black of Alexandria, LA; step daughter, Missy and husband Miles Higgins of St. Francisville, LA; stepson, Steve Meaux, Jr and wife Shelley; grandchildren, Maggie, Landry, and Lilly Higgins of St. Francisville, LA; and brother, Lamar Black and wife Connie of Memphis, TN. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry Lamar Black and Rita Farr Black.

Visitation will be Monday, August 29, 2016 at Grace Episcopal Church of West Feliciana Parish from 1:00 p.m. until a memorial service at 2:30 p.m. conducted by Fr. Roman Roldan. Donations can be made to LSU Rural Life Museum and . The family would like to thank Darlene Johnson and Shelley Wintz with St. Joseph's Hospice of Baton Rouge. Rabenhorst Funeral Home Downtown is in charge of the arrangements.


In Memorium - Timothy Allen Jenkins

Timothy Allen Jenkins, age 60, and a life-long resident of Amite died Sunday afternoon July 31, 2016 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. Timothy was born Monday July 6, 1956 to Bryant Jenkins and Margie Yates Jenkins. He was a 1974 graduate of Bowling Green School in Franklinton where he enjoyed playing basketball. Tim loved the outdoors including deer and dove hunting, feeding, watching and hunting wild turkeys and also fishing. He was the former owner/operator of Jenkins Farm and Nursery where he worked alongside his family for many years. Tim later became a pipefitter, often working in the oil fields and refineries in the area for Turner Industries.

Survived by 4 Daughters and Sons-in-law--Regan and Wes Wynn of Richmond, TX; Alison Jenkins of Ponchatoula; Sarah Jenkins, Stephanie and Justin Morel all of Loranger; 4 Grandchildren--Evan, Miles and Bryant Wynn, Jenna Morel; Mother--Margie Yates Jenkins of Amite; Sister--Margie Ann Jenkins of Amite; 2 Brothers and a Sister-in-law--Jeffery Jenkins, Mark and Bertie Jenkins all of Amite; Nieces--Elizabeth, Melissa, Amelia, Maggie and Marcie; Former Wife--Debra Jenkins of Amite; Also numerous other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father Bryant E. Jenkins, a brother Frederick B. Jenkins, grandparents Fred Yates and Camille Gardner Yates and Edward Jenkins and Neva Fussell Jenkins.

Visitation will be at Crain Funeral Home in Franklinton Tuesday August 2nd from 10 am until 2 pm. A funeral service will be held at 2 pm Tuesday in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Trent Campbell and Dr. Gene Richards officiating. Following the service, Tim will be laid to rest beside his father in the Martin Van Buren Hughes Cemetery on the family property Bryant Jenkins Tree Farm near Amite.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Celebrate Recovery Fund of River Rock Church (19501 Hwy. 40, Loranger, LA 70446).


In Memorium - Rodney Stokes

Rodney Stokes, 88, of Forest Hill, passed away on August 9, 2015 at his residence. Rodney was preceded in death by his parents, Nathaniel and Rosalie "Durse" Stokes and siblings, Maude Hicks and Arthur Stokes. A life-long nurseryman, Rodney owned and operated Rodney's Greenhouse from the late 1960s to 2002. He was also a beloved father and "Pappy." Rodney is survived by his wife of 71 years, Doris Stokes; sons, Sam and wife, Donna of Forest Hill, and Keith and wife, Gail of Pensacola, Florida; grandchildren, Lauren Laborde and husband, David of Alexandria, Dana Lyles and husband, Michael of Forest Hill, and Beth Stokes of Pensacola; and his pride and joy, his great-granddaughters, Hannah Jane and Camille Anne Laborde and Samantha Paige Lyles; and siblings, Sammy Stokes and Alice Perry. Visitation will be at Hixson Brothers Funeral Home in Alexandria, LA on Tuesday, August 11, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , PO Box 1000, Memphis, TN, 38101.


In Memorium - George Martin “Johnny” Johnson, Jr.

Funeral services celebrating the life of George Martin “Johnny” Johnson, Jr. will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 21, 2015, in The Chapel of Hixson Brothers, Alexandria, with Reverend Justin Simmons officiating. Burial will follow in Alexandria Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be observed on Friday at the funeral home from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and resume on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service. Pallbearers honored to serve will be Marc Johnson, Sean Johnson, Levi Stanford, Jordan Thorne, Kristopher Johnson and Micah Lonigro. Honorary pallbearers are Sam Poole, William McInnis, Chayney Lyles and Charles Ray Whittington. George Martin “Johnny” Johnson, Jr., age 88, passed from his earthly life on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Born November 26, 1926 in Forest Hill, he was the tenth of thirteen children of George Martin Johnson, Sr. and Gertrude Dunn Johnson. He graduated from Forest Hill High School and attended Louisiana Tech University in Ruston and Louisiana College in Pineville. George served his country in the Navy Seabees from 1944 to 1946, where he was stationed in the South Pacific. In August of 1946, he married Vera Lee Poole. Beginning his career as a Nurseryman in 1949, he pioneered the business of nursery growers in the Forest Hill area. He first worked with his father-in-law, Murphy Poole, at Poole Brothers Nursery in Lecompte. He was a charter member of the Louisiana Association of Nurserymen and served as Board Member, Vice President, and in 1956 became President. He was also instrumental in forming the Central Louisiana Nursery Association.

Founder and owner of George Johnson Nursery from 1970 to 2012, he received the Nurseryman of the Year award in 1982 and was elected to “Who’s Who in the Nursery Industry” in 1996. He joined the Lecompte Rotary Club in 1958, serving as its President and receiving the Paul Harris Fellow Designation. George served on the Board of the Bank of Lecompte for over ten years and was a Board Member for the Southern Forest Heritage Museum. He was also a member of South Rapides Parish Service Club. George was a long-time active member of the Church of Christ in Glenmora and served the church in the Office of Elder. A first class fisherman, he spent many an evening after work at the local lakes, and weekends hunting in the woods around Forest Hill. He also had the good fortune to have traveled in several foreign countries and many of the fifty states. He loved and enjoyed his large family consisting of five children, all of whom survived him. Four sons, Murphy and friend, Terry Thibodeaux, George and wife, Debbie, Robert and wife, Vickie, Randall and wife, Lisa; one daughter, Kayla Stanford and husband, Dwight; twelve grandchildren, Shane Johnson, Marc Johnson, Sean Johnson, Chadwyck Johnson, Lindsey Treadway, Kristopher Johnson, Lauren Lambert, Jordan Thorne, Tyler Johnson, Micah Lonigro, Cameron Johnson, Levi Stanford; seven great grandchildren and three sisters, Georgia Jones, Juanita Lyles, and Margie Hearn. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in the memory of George Johnson be made to: The Glenmora Church of Christ, PO Box 367, Glenmora, LA, 71433


In Memoriam - Dr. Warren A. Meadows

"So far So Good" Psalm 23:4 "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me". Warren Alan Meadows was born on August 17, 1930 in Lettsworth, LA. He served in the United States Navy from 1950-1954. Warren was a retired professor and Resident Director Emeritus for the LSU Agricultural Center, professor and head within the Department of Horiculture, while providing 43 years of service within the LSU system, Resident Director for the Burden Research Center, Secretary-Treasurer for LA Pecan Growers Association, Federated Pecan Growers Association of the US, National Pecan Council, Louisiana Turf Grass Association, and the Executive Secretary for the LA Association of Nurserymen. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joyce Van Oss Meadows; children, Allyn Meadows Goff, Catherine Meadows and husband Buddy Parks, Mark Allen Meadows and fiancé Mary Johnson, Laura Meadows Fielder, and Eric Martin Meadows; grandchildren, Charles Parks, David Parks, Emily Parks, Mykael Goff, Megan Fielder, Jesse Fielder, Melissa Waldmeier, Luke Meadows; and one great grandchild, Brody Thomas Hanks. Warren is preceded in death by his parents, Sidney and Bessie Meadows; brothers, Marion, Sidney and Jay; and son-in-law, Ricky Fielder. Visiting hours will be observed at Resthaven Funeral Home, 11817 Jefferson Hwy, on Monday, October 13, 2014 from 9:00 am until service time. Funeral service will be held at 12 noon. Interment to follow in St. George Catholic Church Cemetery, 7808 St. George Way, Baton Rouge, 70809. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to LSU Foundation, Dr. Warren Meadows Scholarship, 3838 W. Lakeshore Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70808. The family would like to send a special thanks to St. Joseph Hospice of Baton Rouge.


In Memoriam - Kenneth “Neka” Durio, Jr.

Opelousas—Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30, 2013, at the Sibille Funeral Home Chapel for Kenneth “Neka” Durio, Jr. Interment will follow in the Bellevue Memorial Park Cemetery.
Fr. Paul Metrejean, Jr. will officiate the services.
Neka was a resident Opelousas. He passed away on Monday, October 28, 2013, at Opelousas General Heath System, at the age of 84.
Neka enjoyed hunting, fishing, plants; and most of all he loved teaching his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren about all these things.
Survivors include his loving wife, of 65 years Elizabeth “Belle” Gulino Durio of Opelousas, and their loving children, Fred Durio, Ken and Jodi Durio, Sylvan Durio, Charlotte and Dale Devillier, Liz Durio, Tina and Brendan Boudreaux, Albert and Roxanne Durio, Dalton and Lisa Durio, thirty one grandchildren, twenty seven, great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Eugenie Durio, Sr., daughter, Carmen Durio, son, Darrell Durio, grandson, Nicky Durio, great granddaughter, MacKenzie Fontenot.


In Memoriam - Leonard Lasseigne

Leonard Lasseigne, 72, a native of St. Martinville, La., and resident of Thibodaux, La., passed away on September 18, 2013.
Visitation was held Friday, September 20, 2013, at Thibodaux Funeral Home and on Saturday, September 21, 2013, at St. Charles Borromeo. A Mass of Christian Burial took place at 10:30 a.m. Interment was in the church cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Janet Comb Lasseigne; children, Todd Lasseigne and wife Heather, Angela Prejean and husband Troy, Cherie Quentin and husband Trevor; mother, Sadia Lasseigne; mother-in-law, Laura Comb; brothers, Dickie Lasseigne, Charles Lasseigne, Benny Lasseigne; sisters, Judy Dykes, Sylvia Roudeze; grandchildren, Cameron Prejean, Alaina Prejean, Grady Quentin, Hudson Quentin; step-granddaughter Asia Quentin.
Preceded in death by father, Bernard Lasseigne; father-in-law, Louis Comb.
He was the Director of Grounds for 32 1/2 years at Nicholls State University. He was a florist and horticulturist. In his spare time, he enjoyed speaking French, traveling and landscaping. His best times were spent entertaining family, grandchildren and close friends. He was past president of the Louisiana Society for Horticultural Research and an honorary alumnus of Nicholls State University.


In Memoriam - Ralph Pinkus

Pinkus, Ralph Sept. 3, 1915 - Sept.1, 2013 Survivors: Wife of 71 years, Muriel Vivian Pinkus, son David Ralph Pinkua and wife Carol Phyllis Pinkus, their son Justin Grant Pinkus, and their daughter Tamar Michelle Horn, her husband Kenneth Robert Horn and grandchildren; Hunter Tex Horn and Hudsyn Shay Horn, son Jonathon Aaron Pinkus, wife Lillian Rabinowitz Pinkus, and their sons, Jared Ben Pinkus, Aaron Michael Pinkus; Predeceased Relatives: Parents; Abraham and Clara Pinkus, brothers Samual Pinkus, John Pinkus Charles Pinkus, Philip Pinkus and sister Anna Pinkus, Education; Graduate of National Farm School in Doylestown, Pa. (Now called DelewareValley College of Science and Agriculture). Career: His horticultural career started at the New York Botanic Garden, where he was in charge of the Tree and Shrub collection. During World War II he managed a quinine plantation for Merck and Company in Guatemala after the Japanese captured Java, the main source of quinine. The quinine was used to treat malaria in the Pacific Theater. He moved to Dallas in 1950. He loved plants and worked to encourage Dallasites to garden. For this reason, he worked tirelessly to start the Dallas Arboretum in his role as Chairman of the Parks Committee of the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce. As the first President of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society, he helped found the Dallas Arboretum, which has achieved world-class status. His life's hobby and work was plants thus he founded North Haven Gardens in 1951, and Tawakoni Plant Farm in 1976. He helped found the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA). He helped found the Texas Israel Exchange (TIE)and maintained a strong commitment to supporting horticultural relations with the State of Israel. During his career he introduced many new plants to both Israel and Dallas. Personal Tributes: Ralph was an Eagle Scout, and scouting was a key influence in his life. He served as Scoutmaster of Troop 729 in Dallas. Throughout his career, Ralph brought many people into horticulture. He was a teacher and mentor to many. He also learned all he could from everyone he met, and acted as a conduit of business and horticultural knowledge to many.


In Memoriam – Marion Emily Deane Drummond

A longtime resident of Baton Rouge and a widely acknowledged plant wizard extraordinaire throughout the Southeast, Marion died peacefully at home on her 83rd birthday, Saturday, August 24, 2013, after a two-year battle with metastatic malignant melanoma. She is survived by her daughter Laurie Lynn Drummond; son Finlay Drummond; son Carter Drummond and his wife, Misty; and two grandsons, Chase and Cole. Born in San Francisco, Marion grew up in the Los Angeles area and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Stanford University. Thirty-three years later, she returned to college "for a few plant classes" and earned her Master's in Landscape Architecture from LSU in 1992. She worked as a volunteer at Hilltop Arboretum, served on its board, and then was hired as its first site director in 1992 where she was instrumental for her work at PlantFest! and with Hodge Podge and for initiating the Annual Symposium and the Cooking Series, as well as organizing and leading numerous popular in-state, out-of-state, and international Garden Tours. She was also very involved with the Master Gardeners Program, the Herb Society of America, Louisiana Native Plant Society, the Southern Garden History Society, Project Wildflower, the Gulf Coast Regional Plant Conference, and the Battered Women's Shelter.

In 2002, at the age of 72, Marion was hired as the Executive Director of the Mobile Botanical Gardens, where she worked until 2009. Until a few weeks before her death, Marion continued her work as landscape manager at Boisvert Farms in Erwinville, LA; as a plant purveyor for Hilltop and many gardening friends and professionals; and with Hilltop's Hodge Podge plant propagation and sales events. Among her numerous awards are the YMCA's Woman of Achievement Award, the Robert S. Reich Service to the Profession Award by the American Society of Landscape Architects, and the Southern Garden History Society's Merit Award. One of Marion's signature talents was gathering people and using her wiles to persuade them to take on tasks they never knew they could or wanted to do. The world will be a bit duller without her presence. Marion's children would like to thank Hospice Compassus, especially her wonderful nurse, David Waite, and Dr. Fredrick Billings at Mary Byrd Perkins for their compassion, care, and support. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to "Marion's Greenhouse Project" at Hilltop Arboretum, c/o Janet Forbes (hilltop@lsu.edu). An informal gathering will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2013, from 10:30am to 1:00pm in Marion's garden at the Drummond residence.
A longtime resident of Baton Rouge and a widely acknowledged plant wizard extraordinaire throughout the Southeast, Marion died peacefully at home on her 83rd birthday, Saturday, August 24, 2013, after a two-year battle with metastatic malignant melanoma. She is survived by her daughter Laurie Lynn Drummond; son Finlay Drummond; son Carter Drummond and his wife, Misty; and two grandsons, Chase and Cole.

Born in San Francisco, Marion grew up in the Los Angeles area and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Stanford University. Thirty-three years later, she returned to college "for a few plant classes" and earned her Master's in Landscape Architecture from LSU in 1992. She worked as a volunteer at Hilltop Arboretum, served on its board, and then was hired as its first site director in 1992 where she was instrumental for her work at PlantFest! and with Hodge Podge and for initiating the Annual Symposium and the Cooking Series, as well as organizing and leading numerous popular in-state, out-of-state, and international Garden Tours. She was also very involved with the Master Gardeners Program, the Herb Society of America, Louisiana Native Plant Society, the Southern Garden History Society, Project Wildflower, the Gulf Coast Regional Plant Conference, and the Battered Women's Shelter. In 2002, at the age of 72, Marion was hired as the Executive Director of the Mobile Botanical Gardens, where she worked until 2009. Until a few weeks before her death, Marion continued her work as landscape manager at Boisvert Farms in Erwinville, LA; as a plant purveyor for Hilltop and many gardening friends and professionals; and with Hilltop's Hodge Podge plant propagation and sales events. Among her numerous awards are the YMCA's Woman of Achievement Award, the Robert S. Reich Service to the Profession Award by the American Society of Landscape Architects, and the Southern Garden History Society's Merit Award. One of Marion's signature talents was gathering people and using her wiles to persuade them to take on tasks they never knew they could or wanted to do. The world will be a bit duller without her presence. Marion's children would like to thank Hospice Compassus, especially her wonderful nurse, David Waite, and Dr. Fredrick Billings at Mary Byrd Perkins for their compassion, care, and support.


In Memoriam – Dr. Kenneth W. Tipton, Sr.

Dr. Kenneth W. Tipton, Sr., Vice Chancellor and Director, Emeritus, Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station, LSU Agricultural Center, passed away on Monday, August 26, 2013. Dr. Tipton began his academic career after receiving his PhD in Agronomy from Mississippi State University. He served as the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station Director from 1989-1996. ""That reminds me…"" are three famous words of Papa Ken, and a story or joke was always quick to follow. He passed away Monday, August 26, 2013, at the age of 80. He was a retired captain of the US Air Force. He graduated from LSU in 1955 with a B.S. degree in agronomy and again in 1959 with a M.S. degree in agronomy. In 1969, he graduated from Mississippi State with a Ph.D. in agronomy with a minor in genetics. He was one of the founding members and a deacon/trustee of University Baptist Church. He retired as a vice-chancellor for research of the Ag Center and director of the Experiment Station at LSU. Dr. Tipton was recognized in the Hall of Honor of the cadets of the Old War Skule. He was a member of the Tiger Athletic Foundation, the LSU Alumni Association and many other professional societies. Visitation will be held at University Baptist Church on Thursday, August 29, 2013, from 5 PM until 7 PM and will resume on Friday, August 30, 2013, from 10 AM until the service at 11 AM. Interment will follow in Greenoaks Memorial Park. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Barbara Adds Tipton; son, Kenneth Tipton, Jr. and wife, Patricia Horton Tipton; daughter, Nancy Lynn Tipton O'Neal and husband, Jeffrey Mark O'Neal; four grandchildren, Michael Tipton, Kendyl Tipton, Rebecca O'Neal Gorham and husband, Maxwell Gorham and David O'Neal; sister, Betty Smith; sisters in law, Phyllis Tipton and Kathryn Dureau; brother in law, Craymon Myers; numerous nieces nephews and dear friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Martha Pearl Davis and Rev. Roscoe Roy Tipton; brothers, Ed Tipton and Richard Tipton; and sisters, Bernice Deerey, Mary Hartmann, and Barbara Myers.


In Memoriam – Kent Langlinais

Simeon Kent Langlinais, 78, died on Friday, August 16, 2013, at his residence in Youngsville surrounded by his family. Funeral services were held August 20, 2013, at an 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Anne Catholic Church in Youngsville. Interment was at St. Anne Cemetery in Youngsville
Survivors include his beloved wife of 55 years, Jeanette Mequet Langlinais; his daughter, Veronica Rogers, and her husband, Andy; three sons, Benedict Langlinais and his wife, Darlene Borys; Burmmell Langlinais, and Benjamin Langlinais and his wife, Kathy Bourg; six grandchildren, Abby Langlinais, Ellen Langlinais, Kent Langlinais, Joshua Langlinais, Jamison Langlinais and Colt Rogers. He was preceded in death by his parents, Simeon and Rena Gary Langlinais.

Kent Langlinais was born on February 12, 1935, in Abbeville, Louisiana, to Simeon Langlinais and Rena Gary Langlinais. He graduated from Youngsville High School in 1953, then went on to receive his B.S. degree in general agriculture from the Southwestern Louisiana Institute, now ULL, in January 1957. After graduating from college, Kent married the former Jeanette Mequet, of Port Barre, Louisiana, in 1958. Together, the couple had four children, Benedict, Veronica, Brummell and Benjamin. Kent and Jeanette later became grandparents to six grandchildren, Abby Langlinais, Ellen Langlinais, Kent Langlinais, Joshua Langlinais, Jamison Langlinais and Colt Rogers.

Kent was a lifelong member of St. Anne Catholic Church in Youngsville. Kent enjoyed hunting, fishing and traveling, but his greatest love was watching and cheering for his children and grandchildren during their sporting events. He loved to travel, and his travels took him to many countries. But one stuck in his heart the most, walking the path of Jesus in the Holy Land and the paths of his ancestors in France. He loved to trace and share his genealogy generations back to the kings of France. This served as a meaningful accomplishment to Kent.
Kent was the founder and owner of Kent's Nursery, Inc. (Established 1957). Kent's Nursery is a wholesale nursery operating on 150 acres two miles south of Youngsville, Louisiana, on HWY 89. He was a member of the Louisiana Association of Nurserymen, where he served as a director from 1959-1961, treasurer from 1961-1967, 2nd vice president from 1967-1969, 1st vice president from 1969-1971, and then president from September of 1971 to January of 1974. He was a member of the American Association of Nurserymen, where he served as the Louisiana governor; director of Region V, where he represented the states of New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana; vice president, and president from 1982-1983. Kent was also a member of the Southern Nurserymen's Association, Texas Association of Nurserymen, Wholesale Growers of America, Horticultural Research Institute Inc., Louisiana Horticulture Society and Louisiana Horticulture Commission, where he represented the wholesale nurserymen of Louisiana. He served as past president of Southwest Louisiana Nurserymen's Association.
Kent received the Louisiana "Nurseryman of the Year Award in 1977" (which was the first year this award was presented) and the James A Foret Award for career contributions to Louisiana’s nursery and landscape industry, and he was honored as the Outstanding Alumnus in Agriculture by the Aggie Club of ULL in 1979.


In Memoriam - Hanna Y. Hanna

Hanna Y. Hanna, professor of horticulture at the LSU AgCenter, age 73, passed away July 28, 2013. Dr. Hanna was a longtime member of the American Society for Horticultural Science and served as a faculty member at the LSU AgCenter since 1981.
Hanna was awarded a B.S. degree in 1968 in extension agriculture and horticulture from Asuit University in Egypt and received an M.S. degree in horticulture from the same university in 1972. He moved to the United States in 1974 and completed a Ph.D. in horticulture at LSU in 1980 and a master’s degree in Applied Statistics in 1991. Hanna began his service as an LSU AgCenter horticulture faculty member in 1981 at the Citrus Research Station, Port Sulphur, La. He later moved to the Red River Research Station, Bossier City, La., where he served the past 21 years of his professional career.
A professor of vegetable crops, Hanna was well known regionally and nationally for his greenhouse tomato production research. He also conducted studies on cucumber, strawberries, peppers, field tomatoes, muskmelons and other important vegetable crops in Louisiana.
Hanna was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Ansaf Hanna. He is survived by his son, Sherif Hanna, and his wife, Christine, and their two boys, Joshua and Luke; and his daughter, Sherin Mercer, and her husband, Matthew, and their two boys, Michael and Sam.
In memory of Dr. Hanna, memorials can be made to the Ann Hanna Transportation Fund at the Feist-Weiller Cancer Center in Shreveport, La. Dr. Hanna will be remembered for his love of family, for his vegetable research and for his faithful dedication to horticulture.

In Memoriam - Saxon Richard Becne, Sr.

Saxon Richard Becnel, Sr. passed away Monday, May 27, 2013 at the age of 80 years old.
He was the beloved husband of Carole Robertson Becnel. Lov-ing father of Donna Mandina (David), Saxon "Ricky" Becnel, Jr. (Stephanie), David Becnel (Lisa) and Matthew Becnel (Susan). Grandfather of Joel and Amber Mandina, Saxon III "Ricky" (Monique), Ryan, Reid, Reba, Dylan, Austin, Jacquel-ine, Julia, Jenna, and Matthew Becnel Jr. Brother of Shirley Navarre, Robert, Thomas, Harold, Benjamin, and the late Ar-thur, Jr., Johnny, Hewitt and Carol Becnel. Son of the late Gladys Brandt Becnel and Arthur Becnel, Sr.
A native and lifelong resident of Becnelville, Plaquemines Par-ish, LA. He was the founder of Saxon Becnel and Sons Citrus Nursery. Also operated the motor grader for Plaquemines Par-ish for 25 years. For 14 years he worked in the oil field, and became a driller at the young age of 22.
He will be greatly missed by all as he truly devoted his entire life to his family.

In Memoriam - Richard Odom

Richard Odom was born on June 4, 1944, to D. C. and Eva Moon Odom. He passed from this life on May 27, 2013. Alt-hough graduating from Lecompte High School in 1962, he attended church at Beulah Baptist Church in Cheneyville and considered both towns "home." After high school graduation, Richard attended Northwestern State University and earned a degree in Agri-Business. He then spent years farming cotton, soybeans, and corn before in the early 1980s's establishing Country Pines Nursery in Forest Hill with four locations for wholesale plants. It is one of the few nurseries licensed to propagate and grow the Encore Azaleas and the Southern Living Collection. Richard was honored to be president of the Louisiana Nursery
and Landscape Association and to receive their award for Out-standing Nurseryman of the Year. He also received the Profes-sional Achievement Award for the development of the Crimson Azalea Series, which he patented. However, it was the James A. Foret Award for outstanding lifetime service to the nursery indus-try that pleased Richard the most. Through the blessings of God, the support and sacrifices of fami-ly, as well as Richard's determination and commitment to excel-lence, Country Pines became successful and still enjoys a wonder-ful reputation in the nursery industry. Richard was known as a leader in the industry as well as one who was always eager to help others become successful. Richard was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Mar-garet Odom Girlinghouse. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Judy Harper Odom. He is also survived by his daughter, Jennifer Odom White and husband David of Branson, Missouri; his son, Travis, wife Shanti, and their three children: Samuel, Isaac, and Judah of Alexandria; stepchil-dren Daniel R. O'Neal, wife Cammie, and daughter Dani of Colo-rado Springs, Colorado; Colby H. O'Neal, wife Anna, and son Oliver of Bedford, Texas; stepdaughter, Kara K. Clanton, hus-band Carson, and son Maclaine of Arlington, Texas; his brother, J. D. Odom, wife Jeanette of Alexandria; and Richard's longtime friend, Tony Cangelosi of Medina, Ohio, who was and will remain a member of the family because of the special bond they enjoyed for many years. Services for Richard were held on Saturday June 1st at Hixson Brothers Funeral Home in Alexandria. Burial was at Trinity Epis-copal Church Cemetery in Cheneyville. The family extends special appreciation to Richard's pul-monologist at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston, Dr. Carl Dahlberg. Richard always thanked Dr. Dahlberg for his personal care, consideration, and attention.