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Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Homes and Crematory has provided generations of families a place to remember and celebrate the life of a loved one. Our staff, as an extended family, has treated these families with dignity, sincerity and respect.

Funerals, celebrations of life and memorial ceremonies all serve as important needs in our society. They serve as a dignified and respectful ceremony or tribute for a loved one's life. Equally important, these gatherings help survivors face the reality of death, the first big step toward overcoming grief. This brings together, when most needed, relatives and friends who lend support and consolation. We offer families a choice of many options from very traditional services to a variety of cremation services.


Our Obituaries

Lillian Hazel Yost Penalber

February 4, 1939 - August 19, 2017

Lillian Hazel Yost Penalber passed away on Saturday, August 19, 2017, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at the age of 78. She was born on Saturday, February 4, 1939 in Vineland, New Jersey and was a longtime resident of Maurepas, Louisiana. Lillian is survived by her loving family: son, Johnny Smith and his wife, Tammy, son, Raymond Smith and his wife, Andrea, son, Richard Smith, son, Tiddle Smith,...
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Summer Leigh Kinchen

February 1, 1989 - August 15, 2017

Summer Leigh Kinchen passed away on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at the age of 28. She was born on Wednesday, February 1, 1989 in Hammond, Louisiana, where she was a lifelong resident. Summer is survived by her loving family: her parents, Kevin Earl & Susan Bruce Kinchen; brother, Kevin Cole Kinchen, sister, Autumn Michelle Kinchen, and brother, Dylan Joseph Kinchen; uncles, Joshua Kinchen and...
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Sophie Rogers Hembree

September 30, 1928 - June 20, 2017

Sophie Rogers Hembree has gone home to be with her daughters on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, in Hammond, Louisiana, at the age of 88. She was born on Sunday, September 30, 1928, in Mathews, Louisiana to the late Therese LaRose Rogers and Oliver Lionel Rogers Sr. and was a resident of Ponchatoula, Louisiana. Sophie is survived by her son-in-law, William "Bill" Hagen. Also survived by 6...
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Ernest "Ernie" Gourrier Drake, Jr

January 9, 1948 - June 7, 2017

Judge Ernest "Ernie" Gourrier Drake, Jr. passed away on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, in Jefferson, Louisiana, at the age of 69. He was born on Friday, January 9, 1948 in New Orleans, Louisiana to the late Zelma Hoover Drake and Ernest G. Drake, Sr. He was a lifelong resident of Ponchatoula, Louisiana and served on the 21st Judicial District Court and the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeals. ...
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Julius "J Boy" Warren Wall, Sr.

December 18, 1941 - May 26, 2017

Julius "J Boy" Warren Wall, Sr. passed away on Friday, May 26, 2017, in Hammond, Louisiana, at the age of 75. He was born on Thursday, December 18, 1941 in Springfield, Louisiana to the late Evelyn Vicknair Wall and Henry L. Wall. He was a lifelong resident of Springfield, Louisiana and a current resident of Ponchatoula, Louisiana. J Boy was a member of the International Brotherhood of...
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Gary Lee Cooper, Sr.

March 4, 1941 - May 9, 2017

Gary Lee Cooper, Sr., a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, son, brother and friend, went to his eternal home on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at the age of 76. He was born on Tuesday, March 4, 1941 in Robert, Louisiana and was a lifelong resident of Denham Springs, Louisiana. He leaves behind to cherish his memories, his loving family: 4 children, Debbie Cooper, Donna Cooper...
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James "Jim" Clayton Gillespie

June 2, 1932 - May 9, 2017

James "Jim" Clayton Gillespie passed away on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 surrounded by his family, in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, at the age of 84. He was born on Thursday, June 2, 1932 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Lillian Sherman Gillespie and James Gillespie. James is survived by his beloved wife of 38 years, Peggy Jean Crittenden Gillespie; children, Jimmie Lynn Gillespie, Clay Gillespie,...
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Gloria Brown Parent

November 22, 1929 - May 1, 2017

Gloria Brown Parent passed away on Monday, May 1, 2017 surrounded by her family, in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, at the age of 87. She was born on Friday, November 22, 1929 in Ponchatoula, Louisiana to the late Edith Laura Brown and Harvey Frank Brown, Sr. Gloria had many hobbies which included working in her garden, sewing, playing bridge with her friends, going to church and singing in the...
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Emogene Ryan Picou Kuhn

June 25, 1934 - April 19, 2017

Emogene Ryan Picou Kuhn passed away on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 in Hammond, Louisiana, at the age of 82. She was born on Monday, June 25, 1934 in Clio, Louisiana to the late Mary Henry Ryan and John Ryan. She was a dual resident of Ponchatoula, Louisiana and of Hillsboro, Kansas. Emogene is survived by her husband, R. Laney Kuhn; two sisters, Evelyn Stafford and Bernedette Meadows. Her...
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Huey Pierce Grey

September 2, 1936 - March 26, 2017

Huey Pierce Grey passed away on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at his residence in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, at the age of 80. He was born on Wednesday, September 2, 1936 in New Orleans, Louisiana to the late Clara Stephens Grey and Thomas Michael Grey Sr. He was a resident of Chalmette, Louisiana until August, 2005 and has resided in Ponchatoula, Louisiana since Hurricane Katrina. Huey retired from...
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Paula Jean Barnett Dawkins

August 5, 1964 - March 12, 2017

Paula Jean Barnett Dawkins passed away on Sunday, March 12, 2017, in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, at the age of 52. She was born on Wednesday, August 5, 1964 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Peggy Campbell Barnett and the late Carl Andrew Barnett. She was a resident of Ponchatoula, Louisiana. Paula is survived by husband, Dwaine Jerome Dawkins; son, Phillip Cantrell; mother, Peggy Campbell Barnett; son...
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Ruby Evelyn Parker Landry

February 21, 1927 - March 5, 2017

Ruby Evelyn Parker Landry passed away on Sunday, March 5, 2017 surrounded by her family, at her residence in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, at the age of 90. She was born on Monday, February 21, 1927 in Ponchatoula, Louisiana to the late Eva Colkmire Parker and Willie Lee Parker. Ruby is survived by husband, Lanell "Tony" L. Landry; son & daughter-in-law, Barry T. Landry, Sr. and Linda Landry,...
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Eddie Marie Breckwoldt Raiford

December 14, 1943 - February 16, 2017

Eddie Marie Breckwoldt Raiford passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2017, surrounded by her family, at her residence, in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, at the age of 73. She was born on Tuesday, December 14, 1943, in Robert, Louisiana to the late Hilda Bennett Breckwoldt and Charles Edward Breckwoldt. She was a resident of Ponchatoula, Louisiana. Eddie Marie is survived by her beloved husband,...
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Sally Ann Russo Turnage

September 2, 1951 - February 2, 2017

Sally Ann Russo Turnage passed away on Thursday, February 2, 2017, in Covington, Louisiana, at the age of 65. She was born on Sunday, September 2, 1951, in Hammond, Louisiana to the late Emma Madeline McDaniel Russo and Salvadore Russo. She was a resident of Tickfaw, Louisiana. Sally Ann is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Caroline and Lolan Coates, sister, Jeanette Crain, and...
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Julian Eugene Dufreche

June 10, 1950 - January 9, 2017

Julian Eugene Dufreche, 66, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family on Monday, January 9, 2017. He was a life-long resident of Ponchatoula and member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church. He was born on June 10, 1950, in Hammond, Louisiana, to the late CJ "Buddy" Dufreche, Jr. and the late Patricia Perkins Dufreche. Julian will be remembered for his many life-long passions. ...
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Lois Gayle Eason Berry

August 3, 1938 - September 3, 2016

Lois Gayle Eason Berry passed away on Saturday, September 3, 2016, at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, Louisiana, at the age of 78. She was born on Wednesday, August 3, 1938 to the late Lydia Morehead Eason and Laurie C. Eason, Sr. She was a native of New Orleans, she resided in St. Bernard Parish for many years, and was currently residing in Ponchatoula, LA. Lois is survived by her...
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Ethel "Rae" Beyl Wittie

March 20, 1933 - August 6, 2016

Ethel "Rae" Beyl Wittie passed away peacefully after a brief illness, surrounded by her loving family, in the comfort of her son and daughter-in-law's home on Saturday, August 6, 2016, in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, at the age of 83. She was born on Monday, March 20, 1933, in Hammond, Louisiana to the late Maggie Corbin Beyl and Albert Franklin Beyl. Rae is survived by her son & daughter-in-law,...
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Deborah "Debbie" Frieman St. Germain

May 23, 1965 - August 6, 2016

Deborah "Debbie" Frieman St. Germain passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday, August 6, 2016, at her residence in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, at the age of 51. She was born on Sunday, May 23, 1965, in Pensacola, Florida to Sandra May Tilloy Frieman and the late Sidney Louis Frieman. Debbie is survived by her beloved husband, Mark Stephen St. Germain, two adoring daughters,...
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Eunice Lenora Fontenot

January 10, 1927 - July 20, 2016

Eunice Lenora Fontenot passed away on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, in Covington, Louisiana, at the age of 89. She was born on Monday, January 10, 1927 in Springfield, Louisiana to the late Era James Fontenot and Leon Fontenot. After the passing of her mother, Eunice resided in Jefferson Parish and later in Robert, La with her brother, Robert and sister-in-law, Nioma for 32 years. Eunice is...
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Adam Milton Guichet

August 24, 1927 - July 13, 2016

Adam Milton Guichet passed away at his residence in Ponchatoula, Louisiana surrounded by his family on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at the age of 88. He was born on Wednesday, August 24, 1927, and was a lifelong resident of Ponchatoula. He was a retired Service Manager with Lousteau Ford where he had over forty years of service. He was a retired veteran of the United States Navy where he served...
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Timie Bourn Lambert

July 29, 1920 - July 10, 2016

Timie Bourn Lambert, 95, of Ponchatoula, LA passed away Sunday, July 10, 2016 at the Landmark Nursing Home in Hammond, La. where she had resided for a number of years. Timie was born in Morgantown, MS where she attended the old Morgantown school. After extensive travels, her family settled in Ponchatoula, LA. She was of the Pentecostal faith. Mrs. Lambert was preceded in death by her husband,...
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Josephine Fontenot Picou

September 5, 1917 - July 8, 2016

Josephine Fontenot Picou passed away on Friday, July 8, 2016, in Metairie, Louisiana, at the age of 98. She was born on Wednesday, September 5, 1917, in Livingston, Louisiana to the late Mattie Bovia Fontenot and Noah Fontenot. Josephine is survived by her children and their spouses, Marian and Tommy Serigne, Susan and Kenneth Najolia, and David and Shirley Picou; her sister, Ruth Dupuy; 8...
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Emil Johann Granzer

May 28, 1935 - July 5, 2016

Emil Johann Granzer, 81, of Ponchatoula passed way on July 5, 2016. A Memorial Service will be announced at a later Date.
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Kenny Lee Hiltibidal, Jr

December 30, 1996 - June 5, 2016

Kenny Lee Hiltibidal, Jr. passed away on Sunday, June 5, 2016, at his residence in Ponchatoula, LA at the age of 19. He was born on Monday, December 30, 1996, in Jefferson, Louisiana to Terrilee Bourg Hiltibidal and Kenny Lee Hiltibidal, Sr. Kenny is survived by his parents, Kenny Lee Hiltibidal, Sr. and Terrilee Bourg Hiltibidal; sister, Kerri Hiltibidal-Smith and her husband, Mark Smith;...
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Charles Delmer McCulloch, Sr.

December 22, 1926 - April 29, 2016

Charles Delmer McCulloch, Sr. passed away on Friday, April 29, 2016, in Mandeville, Louisiana, at the age of 89. He was born on Wednesday, December 22, 1926, in Russellville, Alabama to the late Josephine Mitchell McCulloch and Delmer McCulloch. He was a United States Navy veteran of World War II and retired after 20 years of service. He went on to work for and retire with Texaco where he was...
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