Rogers Ben Christman, Sr.

CROWLEY – Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 7, 2008 at the Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, 523 West 3rd. Street, for Rogers Ben Christman, Sr., 82, who quietly passed away Sunday, June 1, 2008 in Crowley, Louisiana.

Rev. Donald Burnett, Pastor of Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church will conduct the funeral service and the burial at Woodlawn Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 9 a.m. until service time at the church.

Mr. Rogers was born Jan. 27, 1926 in Crowley, La to the late Willie and Lucille Square Christman. He was a veteran of the United States Army and served his country during World War II. He retired from Falcon Rice Mill after 55 years of service. One of the greatest honor and highlight of his life is when he served as the first African American Grand Marshall in 1989 International Rice Festival parade. He was a quiet gentle man who loved fishing, his family, his many friends and especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Beulah Reed Christman of Crowley; two sons, John H. Christman of Crowley and Rogers B. Christman, Jr.(Jessie) of Spring, Texas; four daughters, Emelda Nichols (Henry) of Baytown, Texas; Karen Elaine Austin (John) of Houston, Texas, Barbara J. Hunt(Samuel) of Las Vegas, NV and Phyllis Diane Loyd(Earl) of Crowley; a very special niece Barbara Dell Rogers(Leo) of Crowley; a sister, Lizzie Bell Guidry of Richmond, CA; nine grandchildren(Kasandra Ravin (Cedric); Ja’Karra Clement; John Christman Jr.; Yurrum Christman; John Austin Jr.; Tondra Guillory; Quincy Guillory; Spencer Christman; Rapheal Christman; 11 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers and eight sisters.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Geesey-Ferguson Funeral Home of Crowley.

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