Linda Plaisance Obituary

Graveside services for Linda Ann Plaisance will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, July 22, 2017, in St. Francis de Sales Cemetery, Echo, LA.

Visitation will be held from 12:30 P.M. until time of service in the cemetery on Saturday, July 22, 2017,

Linda Ann Plaisance, 67, of Loranger, passed away on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, in her residence.

She is survived by her husband Doug Plaisance; two sons, Douglas Plaisance and Donald Plaisance and wife, Michelle; one sister, Loretta Romero and husband, Gerald; one brother, David Marshall and wife, Sandra; along with four grandchildren, Emily, Donnie, Drew, and Douglas, IV.

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Darlene Wahman Obituary

November 23, 1934 – May 27, 2017

Freddie Darlene Wahman, 82, of Alma passed away Saturday, May 27, 2017. She was born on November 23, 1934 in Los Angeles, CA to the late Raymond and Velta McKinney. She graduated from Mulberry High School. She was employed as a secretary at Fort Chaffee Hospital where she met her husband of 52 years, Dr. Gerald Wahman. Her interests were real estate investments, thoroughbred horses, the Razorbacks, the Airedales, and cooking. She enjoyed following all activities of her children and grandchildren. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Alma, and was preceded in death by her brother, Michael McKinney.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. Gerald Wahman of the home; five children, Cindy Henderson of Friendswood, TX, Jeff Wahman and wife Leveta of Van Buren, Lisa Jensen and husband Greg of Alma, Paul Wahman and wife Stacy of Mulberry, and Roger Wahman and wife Amy of Cedar Park, TX; twelve grandchildren, Amy Vazquez and husband Ray, Shane McWater and wife Kristy, and Darci Chambers and husband Kyle, all of Friendswood, TX, Payton Wahman of Van Buren, Gunner Jensen and wife Britney of Oklahoma City, Gage, Garrison, and Gabriel Jensen, all of Alma, Katie, Nicholas, and Alayna Wahman, all of Cedar Park, TX, and eight great-grandchildren, Elena, Ray, and Ava Vazquez, Madelyn and Andrew McWater, and Jesse, Eli, and Katie Chambers, all of Friendswood, TX.

Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 1, 2017 at First Baptist Church of Alma with interment to follow at Evergreen Cemetery, under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Pallbearers will be Payton Wahman, Gunner Jensen, Gage Jensen, Garrison Jensen, Gabriel Jensen, Jackson Wahman, Nicholas Wahman, and Shane McWater.

The family will visit with friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home, 4100 Alma Highway, Van Buren, AR.

Longtime Breeder Judy Agular Obituary

Judy Louise Agular passed away suddenly on May 18, 2017 at the age of 66.  Her family and friends will dearly miss her kind and energetic spirit.

For many years Judy was involved in the thoroughbred industry in Louisiana as a breeder and owner of race horses.  A longtime member of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association, she greatly enjoyed the many relationships she made in horse racing statewide, from the farm to the track.

Judy’s compassion was best expressed through her love of animals, including her many dogs, cats and horses, which she enthusiastically cared for.  Her concern with the welfare of thoroughbred horses led her to become actively involved with the Louisiana Horse Rescue Association, where she served as a Director, helping to raise awareness of aftercare for horses.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday May 25th in Folsom, LA at Elite Thoroughbred Farm.

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested for the Louisiana Horse Rescue Association, P.O. Box 10204, New Orleans, LA 70181.

Sandra Duke Obituary

Sandra Kay Duke, wife of trainer Steve Duke passed away on Sunday, May 21, 2017. She was 63.

Sandra was a resident of Texas.

She graduated from Bloomburg High School in 1972.

Services will be 2:00 pm Tuesday May 23 2017 at First Baptist Church in Atlanta Texas under the direction of Hanner Funeral Service with Bro. Jeremiah Moss and Bro. Dale Perkins officiating.Visitation will be from 6pm- 8pm Monday May 22 2017 at Hanner Funeral Service.Interment will be in New Hope Cemetery Bloomburg Texas.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Hospice of Texarkana whose dedicated service and ministry has been a tremendous blessing to Sandra and the family during the past several months.

Trainer Richie Scherer Dies at Age 53

Trainer Richard “Richie” Scherer, who enjoyed success at tracks throughout the Midwest and in his native Louisiana, died May 20 at age 53.

Scherer battled papillary kidney cancer for several years. His brother, Merrill Scherer, reported Richie Scherer’s death and saluted him on social media.

“I’ve had many sports athletes that I’ve looked up to growing up as a kid, but really I only had two heroes: my older brothers Richie Scherer and Gary Scherer. A little past midnight on May 20 I lost one of those heroes, my oldest brother Richie,” Merrill Scherer wrote. “After nearly a five-year bout with cancer—which he won by the way he lived his life—Richie is now cancer free and in heaven, where he belongs with all the other angels.”

Richie Scherer trained horses along with his brother Gary and father Merrill. In December 2008, all three won a race on a single card at their hometown track, Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

Gary Scherer noted on Facebook that “the rail will never be the same,” following the loss of his brother.

Among Richie Scherer’s 65 black-type stakes wins are five graded victories: the 2012 Colonel E. R. Bradley Handicap (G3T) at Fair Grounds with Mr. Vegas, the 2004 Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Memorial Handicap (G2T) at Fair Grounds with Mystery Giver, the 1999 Hawthorne Derby (G3T) with Minor Wisdom, and the 1999 Locust Grove Handicap (G3) and Ashland Mile Stakes (G3) both at Churchill Downs and both won by Shires Ende.

Richie Scherer secured his first stakes win in 1990 at Canterbury Parkwith Hero’s Countess.

Roger Hunt, Sr., Obituary


And a resident of Mt. Hermon died at 7:15 pm Tuesday April 18, 2017 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center. He was a farrier for 38 years, shoeing horses for about 100 clients throughout southeast Louisiana and nearby Mississippi counties. Roger loved trail riding with his covered wagon and horses, his favorite of which was Chic, that passed on a few years before. He was known as Roger Buck to many of his friends and he enjoyed the outdoors and spending time at the campfire. He loved to visit Tennessee regularly and visit the Amish country there. He adored his grandchildren and family. Roger and his wife had a special saying to each other…
“I Love You a whole bunch, and more every day.”

Survived by:

Wife of 45 years: Dody Hunt of Mt. Hermon

Son and Daughter in law: Roger Hunt, Jr. and Kelly Hunt of Franklinton

5 Grandchildren: Cody Winget,
Wyatt Winget,
Gage Winget,
Blaze Winget,
Tyler Hunt

Parents: Dee and June Hunt of Covington

Brother and Sister in law: Richard and Samantha Hunt of Covington

2 Sisters and Brothers in law: Brenda and Raymond Clelland of Covington,
Diane and Hershel Dunn of Carriere, MS

Also numerous nieces, nephews, brothers in law, sisters in law and many friends.

Visitation will be at Crain Funeral Home Saturday April 22nd from 10 am until 2 pm. A funeral service will be held at 2 pm Saturday in the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow in the Mt. Hermon Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Gage Winget, Raymond Clelland, Bruce Clelland, Brian Clelland, Jamie Ladner, Floyd Magee

Honorary Pallbearers are grandchildren Cody, Wyatt, Blaze and Tyler

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Thomas “T.E.” Vinci Obituary

Thomas “T.E.” Vinci passed away on Sunday, April 16, 2017. A native of New Orleans, he was born on Saturday, February 21, 1942 to Sybil de la Houssaye and Salvador “Ike” Vinci and was a resident of Covington, LA since 2000. T.E. was a cowboy and had a long, rewarding career of 50+ years working with horses. A long time cutting horse competitor, and a judge for more than 40+ years, and most recently served as a steward at the All American Quarter Horse Congress and the AQHA World Show for the last several years. He was also very active in his local Louisiana Quarter Horse Association.

The beloved husband of 39 years to Jane Trimble Vinci, he is survived by his daughter – Tiffany Vinci White (Mike); two sons – James Salvador Vinci and Michael Vinci(Katy); his mother – Sybil Vinci Johnson; sister – Dianne L. Vinci; two brothers – Donald W. and David L. Vinci; and three grandchildren – Kaitlyn V. McGlothren, Michael “William” Vinci and Kaffey Elizabeth Vinci.
He was preceded in death by his father and one brother – Robert A. Vinci.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial services at 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at E.J. Fielding Funeral Home, 2260 W. 21st Ave. Covington, LA 70433.

Visiting hours on Saturday will begin at 9:00 AM.

Following the service everyone is invited to a Celebration of Life at the home of Mike & Tiffany White, 420 Moonraker Drive. Slidell, La 70458.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Quarter Horse Foundation, Professional Horsemens Crisis Fund, Catherine Meck, 806 220-3322.

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Race Track Chaplaincy of America Founder Roberts Dies


Horace William “Salty” Roberts, founder of Race Track Chaplaincy of America, died April 7 in Hollywood, Fla., after a sustained illness. He was 85.

Roberts witnessed and experienced firsthand the needs of what he considered to be his family—the workers who care for horses on a daily basis on the backside of racetracks. Following a spiritual conversion, he began ministering to track workers in 1968. Roberts took the first step toward establishing the first recognized worship services on the backside of a Thoroughbred race track in 1970.

His efforts spread to other tracks and led to the establishment of the RTCA in 1972. From that early beginning, the RTCA today supports 43 chaplains ministering at 36 tracks and training centers throughout the nation.

“Salty had a real burden on his heart for the people that he worked with,” said long-time friend Pat Day, a Hall of Fame jockey and currently president of the Kentucky chapter of RTCA. “He eagerly shared that burden by establishing a ministry to serve them right where they worked and often lived—on the backside of racetracks.”

“Countless lives and generations to come have been and will be impacted by the Christ-centered work of Salty Roberts,” said Dan Waits, executive director of the RTCA. “We stand on his shoulders, and RTCA will continue to honor his legacy by carrying out the mission he established.”

“I never did become a top jockey or a leading trainer, but God has given me something better than all that,” Roberts once said. “He gave me the gift of salvation through his Son, and at the end of my life, when I hear him say, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant,’ I’ll know I’ve won my race. That’s the greatest honor I could ever receive.”

Roberts is survived by his wife Dallas, three sons, two daughters, nine grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

Carolyn Ladner Babb, Obituary

Carolyn Ladner Babb

Funeral services for Carolyn Ladner Babb, 76, will be held at 3:00 PM, Sunday, April 2, 2017, at the Lakeshore Baptist Church in Monroe La. with Rev. William Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery under direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 1:30 PM until service time, at the church.

Carolyn was born February 19, 1941, in Poplarville, MS and passed away peacefully at her home, Monday surrounded by her family. She had fought a courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.

She was a retired associate professor of the School of Business at Northeast Louisiana University. Prior to joining the teaching staff at NLU, she taught economics at Auburn University. She was an honor student in both her undergraduate and masters programs at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS.

She is preceded in death by her parents Harry and Essie Ladner of Poplarville Mississippi. Survivors include her husband Keith W. Babb, son Bryan, wife Judy; daughter Keena Babb Luffey, husband Duke; three grandchildren: Aden Antley, Ladner Luffey, and Nova Vernon; Brother Jerry Ladner, wife Onna of Poplarville; sister Patsy Hymel, husband J.C. of Slidell, Louisiana, and 10 nieces and nephews.

Carolyn taught seventh and eighth grade Sunday school class for years at Lakeshore Baptist Church, and is where she and husband Keith were married in 1970. Her family and her church were foremost in her life.

After retirement, she became secretary treasure of KCB Properties, helped build and manage Hideaway Self Storage and was a partner and manager of Keith Babb & Associates auction and Realty Co.

Her family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to Carolyn’s special caregivers; Carol Ray, Marie Ray, and LaCoya Jones for their undying love and care of “Miss” Carolyn. And also to the caring staff of Compassus Hospice Care, and to all those who expressed concern and prayed for the family.

Pallbearers are: Gene Ford, Scotty Barnes, Glenn Bennett, Randy Hammett, Barney Tucker, and Rodney Hutchins.

Honorary pallbearers are: Rob Antley, William Tickner, Darren Burgess, Jerry King, Bob Manning, Gary Ryther, Bill Younse, John Riley, Jody Higgins and Jamie Patrick.

The family requests memorials be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research ,, or the American Parkinson’s Disease Assoc. apdaparkinson.orgor charity of choice.

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Monroe, LA

Owner-Breeder Bertram Klein Dies

Bertram Klein, who had much success as a breeder and owner—along with his late wife, Elaine, and son, Richard—died March 24. He was 86.

“The three of us never had a cross word (about the racing business),” he added. “It gave us such joy and pleasure. Everybody seemed to know those lime green silks with the black stripes. Everywhere you go, everybody knows the ‘Bertie’ horses—that was something my father came up with.

“It could not have been a better partnership in a business like this. I know my father’s wish is that I continue to race and carry on the Klein tradition. I will definitely continue in some phase of it.”

From their Louisville base, the Kleins campaigned a number of graded stakes winners in their familiar lime green and black diamond silks, including grade 1 winner Outofthebox and multiple graded stakes winners Allamerican BertieHurricane BertieDe BertieSwept AwayMiz Ida, and Cash Control. The family also raced stakes winner Due Date, who stands at Peach Lane Farm in Louisiana.

Richard and Elaine put together their own racing stable in 1987, which Richard has been running since his parents’ retirement. Bertram, who ran his own outfit of mostly claiming horses, combined forces with his son and wife in 1998.

Bertram scored his first stakes win in 1993, when Obeida won the Ta Da Stakes at River Downs with trainer Bernie Flint.

“Bernie said I grabbed that trophy and ran with it like it was a football in my arms,” Bertram Klein told BloodHorse in 2012.

Since then, the family has visited the winner’s circle many more times, going on to race more than 80 stakes winners. Most recently, Richard and Bertram’s homebred Believe in Bertie won two stakes this year at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

Funeral arragements are scheduled for March 28 at The Temple Adath Israel Brith Sholom in Louisville. In leiu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Grayson-Jockey Club Foundation for the Elaine Klein Career Development Award.