Elaine Elsie Blount Degenhardt passed away on Thursday, August 17, 2017, at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, Louisiana, at the age of 94.  She was born on Sunday, May 27, 1923 in Bayou Barbara, Louisiana to the late Margaret Rebecca Fletcher Blount and Tepholas Drakford Blount.  She was a native of Albany and a resident of Independence, Louisiana.

Elaine is survived by her beloved family; daughter, Elsie Bankston, son, Ralph Degenhardt and his wife, Pat, daughter, Pearlie "Tiny" Hughes, and daughter, Becky Ballard and her husband, Leonard; 16 grandchildren, and numerous great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, DeWitt Ralph Degenhardt; son, Pete Fletcher; grandson, Jason Degenhardt; granddaughter, Melissa Degenhardt; great-grandson, Caleb Degenhardt; parents, Margaret and TD Blount; two son-in-laws, Douglas Bankston and Rufus Hughes; three sisters and three brothers.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Service in the chapel of Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home, 2000 N. Morrison Blvd, Hammond, Louisiana 70401, on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 11:00 am.  Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 20, 2017, from  6:00 pm until 9:00 pm and will continue on Monday morning from 9:00 am until the service begins at 11:00 am.

Interment will follow in Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery, Tickfaw, Louisiana.

To view and sign the family guest book, please visit www.harrymckneely.com.