Judy Knotts Harville

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Benton, LA – Judy Harville passed away, July 12, 2020, after a brief battle with cancer. She was born on August 8, 1947, in Shreveport, Louisiana. She was preceded in death by her father, Marvin K. Knotts; her mother, Agnes E. Tullos; her older sister, Sherlene Brown (late, George Brown).

She is survived by her loving husband of almost 59 years, Bennie A. Harville; her two beloved daughters, Alta Darlene Harville Gregrich (late, Rudy Gregrich) and Kimmela Kay Harville Hall (Gerald W. Hall). She is the sweet grandmother, affectionately referred to as “Grammy,” to Crystal Gregrich Kletsch (Dustin Kletsch), Aaron Hall, and Gera Whitson (Trey Whitson). Judy has four great-grandchildren, Rudy, Emily, Clay, and the late Benny Ray Kletsch. Judy was a dog-lover, especially to Darlene’s late poodle, Jolie, for over 19 years. She is the grand-dogmother to six dogs. Not long ago, she sang songs with Ted, the miniature schnauzer. Judy loved her siblings: Ann Antoon (Mitch Antoon), Marlene Sooto, Denice Seagroves Healton, Dennis Sutton (Diana), and Suzette Tullos Temple.

Judy faithfully attended her church, the POBC. She would often say that she was “faithful to my God first and then my Bennie.” When living in Coushatta, she helped to oversee many church dinners and was always willing to help out at any function. She had the heart of a true servant. She was an excellent Sunday School teacher, and created an inviting and fun classroom.

Judy enjoyed making crafts. She crocheted, sewed, worked with ceramics, and created beautiful floral decorations. She crocheted afghans for every grandchild, which they treasure. When her daughters were young, Judy loved to sew their Easter and Christmas dresses. She continued this tradition with Crystal. In her later years, she loved all the new technological advances. She enjoyed reading on her Kindle, playing games on her iPad, keeping up with her friends and family on Facebook, and FaceTime with family.

Judy was a homemaker and a wonderful mother to her two daughters. She was an excellent cook. As her late mother in law, Erma, used to say, “Judy could spin around twice in her kitchen and fill the table with food!” Everyday, she joyfully prepared three full meals for her beloved husband.

Judy continued the legacy of her father, Marvin, to lead and organize the Knotts family reunion every year. She always volunteered at her daughters’ schools, baking cookies and making snacks for parties. Mom was always there. Judy was beautiful inside and out. She never complained and loved deeply.

On March 3, 2020, Judy was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. Despite this challenge, she accepted this diagnosis as the Lord’s plan for the end of her life. She faced it with a courageous spirit, accepted this difficult news with peace, grace, and dignity. She passed away at her home with her family by her side on July 12, 2020, at the age of 72.

The family would like to thank Nurse Practitioners Hailey and Michael Mcgehee; and CNA Juanita Sherman with St. Joseph Hospice Care. The staff went above and beyond. Judy truly loved you. Thank you for your faithful service and tender care.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to POBC – Ladies’ Ministry – Mother’s Memorial Fund.

Officiants: Rev. G.W. Hall and Pastor Ryan Dean Host Pastor: Rev. Jerry Dean

Pallbearers: Braeden Brown Brett Brown Keith Brown Craig Harville Chris Harville Raphael Ruiz

Honorary Pallbearers: James “Jim” Harville, Dennis Sutton and Danny Dube.

Visitation was held on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. at The Pentecostals of Bossier City in Bossier City, Louisiana. Processional to follow. Interment: Old Chapel Cemetery, Par Rd 203, Coushatta, LA at 3:30 p.m.