Funeral services for Lonnie “Velvet” Durr were Monday, Aug. 14 in Marthaville at Jennings Chapel.

Lonnie Dalton “Velvet” Durr, 66, of Ft. Jessup entered into eternal rest Aug. 11, 2017. Funeral arrangements handled by Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Mansfield. Bro. David Hill and Bro. Butch Bruce officiated at Jennings Chapel, Bethany Community, Marthaville.

Lonnie was born May 19, 1951, in Converse to J.W. Durr and Pearl Viola Davis Durr. He attended Marthaville schools and was part of the last graduating class from Marthaville School in 1969. He married Barbara Mertens Durr of Bossier City Sept. 14, 1972.

Lonnie was truly a small town country boy and did things his way. During his high school years he caught chickens to help provide for his family. He later worked for Conagra, then became an 18-wheel truck driver hauling wood chips. He later went to work for Jenkins Logging driving a log truck for over 21 years, finally retiring in April 2016 due to his failing health conditions.

Lonnie is preceded in death by his parents, J.W. Durr and Pearl Viola Davis Durr of Marthaville; and son, Lonnie Dalton Durr Jr.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Barbara Mertens Durr of Ft. Jessup; sons, Jeffery “Jeff” Sullivan Durr and wife Tina of Fairview Alpha, Wendal Stillman Durr and special friend John A. Martinez of Zwolle; brothers, Jerry Durr of Shreveport, Chester Terril Durr and wife Ione of Ebarb; sisters, Melva Jacobs of Castor, Sarah Shoemaker and husband Kenny of Natchitoches and Teresa “Tweet” Broadway and husband Ricky of Marthaville; a host of nieces, nephews, sister and brother-in-laws; and his special pets, Bubba, Babe and Dolly D.

Pallbearers were Buzz Jenkins, Ricky Broadway, Otis Mertens, Deric Myers, Dylan Myers and Riley Parker.

Honorary pallbearers were Glenn Barnes, Jim McArthur, Jimmy Parker and Johnny Jenkins.


Rose-Neath Funeral Home

Mansfield Chapel – (318) 872-4660