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Albert Richard Claude
Ronald Asa Peterson
Mary Frances Smith


Albert Richard Claude
Funeral service will be held Sat Sept. 23, 2017 at 11am, visitation at 9am until 11am in Living The Word International for Mr. Albert Richard Claude age 102 of Slidell, LA., who died Sat. Sept 16, 2017 in Slidell LA., burial in the Slidell Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Baylous Funeral Home.


Ronald Asa Peterson
On September 15, 2017, Ronald Asa Peterson, former sheriff of Hancock County, passed away in the Veterans Administration Hospice Unit in Biloxi after a long struggle with cancer.
Known by practically everyone as Ronnie Pete he served as sheriff of Hancock County for 20 years, from 1980 to 2000.
He will be remembered by many as the "people's sheriff" due to his kind heart and down-to-earth approach in helping many along the way.
Born on February 6, 1944 in the family home in Bay St Louis, MS, he spent his entire life in the Bay.
His mother died when he was seven years old and for the most part, he lived with his sister throughout the remainder of his childhood. He graduated from Bay High School in 1962.
A born leader, he was president of his class every year in high school. He was also a standout athlete in baseball, football, and basketball.
After high school, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and became a decorated war soldier, serving thirteen months in the jungles of Vietnam as a combat soldier in the U.S. Marine Corps.
In 1972, after attending Pearl River Junior College, he went to work as an investigator for the Hancock County Sheriff's Department under then Sheriff Sylvan Ladner.
He was promoted to Chief Deputy and in 1980 he was elected sheriff. His time as sheriff lasted 20 years, being re-elected an unprecedented four times after his first term. He is the longest serving sheriff in the history of Hancock County.
He was a graduate of the Mississippi Law Enforcement Academy in Jackson, Ms. He attended and spoke at numerous law enforcement classes and seminars during his 28 years in law enforcement.
In the year 2000, he retired from law enforcement and worked for the Casino Magic in Bay St Louis in security. He also worked part time for two Chancery Court Judges before retiring again in 2010.
After Hurricane Katrina, he and his wife Bonnie moved to Diamondhead. For the past several years, he has been retired and lived in Diamondhead until the end.
He will be dearly missed by friends and family and will go down as one of the great leaders of our community.
In 2017 the Community Unity Organization in Waveland, MS established an award in his name, "The Ronnie Peterson Award" which will be given annually to the most out?standing policeman in Hancock County.
He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, life member of the Marine Corps League, 45-year member of the American Legion, member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was also a member of the Bay St Louis Masonic Lodge and a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Diamondhead, Mississippi.
He served 13 months in Vietnam as an infantry squad leader and was highly recommended for re-enlistment after obtaining the rank of sergeant.
He was a decorated war soldier with medals that included National Defense Service Medal,Vietnam Service Medal, Two Bronze Stars, Presidential Citation Ribbon, Naval/USCG Commendation Ribbon, Combat Action Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation.
He is survived by his wife Bonnie, his son Ronald A Peterson II of Bay St Louis, daughter Wendy Lynne Peterson Byrd of Long Beach, MS, two stepdaughters, Kelly Saeurwin of Bay St Louis and Lisa Kehler of Baltimore, Maryland, stepson Kenny Grover of Bay St Louis, and numerous grandchildren and step grand children, and his brother A. J. Peterson of Ocean Springs, Mississippi.
He was preceded in death by his mother Alice Peterson , his father Asa Peterson, sister Joyce Ladner, and sister Myra Blackman.
Visitation was from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Monday, September 18, 2017 at Edmond Fahey Funeral Home in Bay St Louis, MS.
The Prayer Service and Interment was at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at the VA Biloxi National Cemetery in Biloxi, MS.
Edmond Fahey Funeral Home in Bay St. Louis, MS was in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Frances Smith
Mary Frances Smith, 53, of Norfolk, Va., went to be with the Lord on Sept. 13, 2017. A memorial service will be held at St. Gregory's The Great Church in Virginia Beach, Va., at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.cremate.org.










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