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Bookman, Johnny b. September 6, 1934 d. October 23, 1995 Professional football player. After graduating from Baton Rouge High School in 1953, John Dolan Bookman went to the University of Miami as a running back-defensive back. He led the nation in interceptions in 1956. He was taken in the eighth round of the NFL draft by the New York Giants in 1957 and played in eleven games as a defensive back and kick returner in his rookie year. He was an All-Pro defensive back in 1960 with the Dallas Texans, now the Kansas City Chiefs, of the American Football...[Read More] (Bio by: Mel Bashore) Roselawn Memorial Park and Mausoleum, Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, USA
Evans, Bill (William John) b. August 16, 1929 d. September 15, 1980 Jazz Pianist. Bill Evans' mother, an amateur pianist, enrolled him in classical piano lessons starting at age six. He also learned to play the flute and the violin. He started learning to improvise at age 12 in Harry Valentino's band. In his teens, he started playing in New York clubs. Bill won a music scholarship to Southeastern Louisiana University and earned a degree in music performance and teaching in 1950. Thereafter, he toured with Billie Holiday's backing band, led by Herbie...[Read More] (Bio by: countedx58) Roselawn Memorial Park and Mausoleum, Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, USA
Neal, Raful b. 1936 d. September 1, 2004 Jazz Musician. He began his musical career by playing the harmonica at 14 years old in West Baton Rouge Parish. He made his recording debut in 1958 with "Sunny Side of Love" released by the Peacock label. His 1987 recording for the Fantastic label, "Man, Watch Your Women" which received the W.C. Handy Blues Award. He and his wife, Shirley raised 10 children in Baton Rouge rather than migrate to Chicago. His children also had musical careers. His son, Kenny Neal has recorded albums for Alligator...[Read More] (Bio by: Genet) Roselawn Memorial Park and Mausoleum, Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, USA
Phills, Bobby Ray b. December 20, 1969 d. January 12, 2000 Professional Basketball Player. Drafted by The Milwaukee Bucks in 1991, cut in December of that same year, he joined the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the Continental Basketball Association. He was signed by the Cleveland Cavaliers late in the 1991–92 season. At the time of his death in an auto accident he was playing with the Charlotte Hornets. In February 2000 his #13 became the first number retired by The Hornets. He was originally interred in the mausoleum at Greenoaks Memorial Park in Baton...[Read More] (Bio by: Sean McKim) Roselawn Memorial Park and Mausoleum, Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, USA
Sonnier, Elmo Patrick b. 1949 d. 1984 Murderer. He and his brother, Eddie James Sonnier, were arrested on December 5, 1977, for the murder of teenagers David LeBlanc and Loretta Ann Bourque. Sonnier and his brother Eddie were later convicted and sentenced to death by the state of Louisiana at first, but after their first appeal, their death sentence was reversed due to mishaps. At their sentencing hearing, Eddie Sonnier recanted his testimony by saying that he himself did the crimes instead of his brother Elmo Patrick, but despite...[Read More] (Bio by: Debbie Kearns) Cause of death: Executed by electrocution Roselawn Memorial Park and Mausoleum, Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, USA Plot: Sec. D, Sisters of St. Joseph
Weiss Sr., Dr. Carl Austin [original burial site] b. December 6, 1905 d. September 8, 1935 Assassin. He shot and wounded Louisiana Governor Huey Pierce Long at the Louisiana State Capital Building in Baton Rouge. After shooting and wounding Long in the abdomen he was killed in a hail of bullets by Long's bodyguards. The Governor underwent an operation but died on September 10, 1935. In 1991 Weiss's body was exumed from its grave to search for evidence that Weiss had not fired the fatal shot that killed the Governor but was never returned to Roselawn Cemetery. The current whereabouts...[Read More] (Bio by: K) Roselawn Memorial Park and Mausoleum, Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, USA