In Memory of Alexandria - Pineville Veterans Honor Guard Members who are no longer with us
"Requiscat in Pace"


Orville Eugene "Gene" Brooks
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Mass of Christian Burial for Orville Eugene "Gene" Brooks will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 2, 2008, at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church with Father Dan O'Connor and Father Steve Randow officiating. Burial will be in Alexandria Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Brooks, 77, of Pineville, died Sunday, June 29, 2008, at Rapides Regional Medical Center.

He was a member of Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church; a life member of the DAV Chapter 7; DAV hospital representative; Trench Rats-Dug Out-600 in Mansura; a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars #1736; Alexandria - Pineville Veterans Honor Guard; life member of American Legion 408 Post 309; Korean War Veteran; Am-Vets since 1993 and Knights of Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his first wife of 36 years, Blanche M. Brooks and his second wife of 9 years, Hertha S. Brooks; parents, John Orville and Mary Etta R. Brooks; daughters, Gloria M. McLaughlin, Genevieve M. Melton and Constance M. Collins; son Norbert Mathews.

Those left to cherish his memory include his son, Dennis Puckett of Pineville; daughter, Delores M. Gauthier of Alexandria; sisters, Eva Harris of Chicago, Illinois, Jane B. Campbell of Springfield, Illinois, Gerri B. Allen of Springfield, Illinois, Dorothy Brooks of Chicago, Illinois, Betty B. Bowman of Springfield, Illinois, Evelyn B. Schumacher of Springfield, Illinois; brother, Jack Harris of Springfield, Illinois; twenty-five grandchildren; fifty two great grandchildren

Pallbearers will be his great grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be the Alexandria / Pineville Veterans Honor Guard.

Harold James "Bird" Hoffman
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Memorial services for Mr. Harold “Bird” Hoffman will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 19, 2017 in the Chapel of Gallagher Funeral Home, Ball, Louisiana with Father Stephen Brandow officiating, under the direction of Gallagher Funeral Home and Crematory, Ball, Louisiana.

Mr. Hoffman, age 58, of Ball, Louisiana, entered eternal rest on Monday, July 31, 2017 at Ochsner Medical Center, Metairie, Louisiana, surrounded by his loving family.

He retired from the United States Air Force after 17 years of service and he also worked for the Alexandria VA as a Draftsman in the Engineering division for over 17 years. Bird served as the Past Commander of DAV. He was very involved with the Veteran’s Honor Guard and was a member of the Alexandria Honor Guard. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Gayle Hoffman of Ball; mother, Nellie Hoffman of Baltimore; one son, James Hoffman of Ball; one daughter, Heather Hoffman of Ball; four brothers, Gilman Hoffman (Kathy) of Bel Air, Maryland, Thomas Hoffman (Joan) of Bel Air, Maryland, Jeffrey Hoffman (Pam) of Glenrock, Pennsylvania and Richard Hoffman (Connie) of Delaware; six grandchildren, Payton Almond, Jacie Dupree, Josie Hoffman, Knox Hoffman, Mila Tallman and Mark Tallman.

Friends may visit on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Gallagher Funeral Home, Ball, Louisiana from 2:00 p.m. until time of service.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask donations be made to the Alexandria-Pineville Honor Guard, P.O. Box 3294, Pineville, LA 71361.