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Funeral services for B.J. DeFreese, 87, of Girard, LA were held at 10:00 AM, Friday, March 8, 2019 at the Start Baptist Church, Start, LA with Bro. Jeff Thomas officiating. Interment followed in the Delhi Masonic Cemetery, Delhi, LA under the direction of Brown-Holley Funeral Home, Rayville.
Mr. B.J. was born December 8, 1931 in Dubach, LA and passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2019 in West Monroe, LA.
Mr. B.J. was a member of the Start Baptist Church. He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Tatum DeFreese; parents, Jesse and Mary DeFreese; brothers, James DeFreese, Clayton DeFreese, Reginald DeFreese, Harold DeFreese, and Bobby Joe DeFreese; and sister, Louise Osborn.
Survivors include his sons, Eddie DeFreese and wife, Judy of Ringgold and Jessie DeFreese of Dunn; daughter, Beverly Atkins of Start; grandchildren, Michelle Phares, Cade Atkins, Kimberly Atkins, and Jessica DeFreese; 3-great grandchildren; sister, Sammie Haney; and brother, Bill DeFreese.
Pallbearers were Glenn Smart, Andy Gable, Delbert Crow, Jeremy Crow, Stephan Hagan, and Kyle Crockett. Honorary pallbearers were his Sunday School Class, Pat Patterson, and Employees of Bell South.